Survivors Voices recognises the common perspective of anyone who has experienced abuse, trauma or violence as a child or an adult, and the power of sharing stories and experiences with those who understand. We call this enlightened self-help and peer support. Our passion is to see this available for all survivors who want it. We also recognise the needs of people supporting survivors in non-professional roles, as peers, partners, family members and friends. Supporters are welcome to our gatherings and groups, unless designated as survivor-only.
We offer peer support and enlightened self-help through our private Facebook group, on-line peer groups, national gatherings and special events. We also have dedicated peer networks for survivor-activists, researchers and writers.
Survivors Voices private Facebook group
We have run online support for adult survivors since 2000 and now use a ‘private’ (not visible to the public) Facebook Group. The group provides connection, support and a place to go to where survivors and their supporters can feel understood by others who know the struggles of living with the aftermath of abuse. It does not provide therapy, counselling or professional advice. The Survivors Voices Facebook Group has safety guidelines, a pinned post regarding trigger warnings and medium-level moderation. If you are a survivor (or the supporter of a group member who has asked for you to be part of the group to support them) and wish to join, please contact us.
Survivors Voices Peer-Support Gatherings
Our normally bi-annual national gatherings grew out of the self-help groups that ran for many years and provide a way of staying connected, sharing stories and resources, increasing knowledge and as a sounding board for developments in our work. We ask survivors to attend only if they feel able to keep themselves and others emotionally safe (eg. no alcohol, self-harming behaviours etc.) You are welcome to bring a supporter. The next Survivors’ Voices Gathering will take place as soon as social distancing restrictions allow. Sign up to our mailing to receive details when available.
Survivors Pod Online Peer Support Group
Lockdown doesn’t mean you can’t let your feelings loose.
Connect with Survivors Pod, our online abuse survivors’ community, fear, anger or foes sit with us and let it go.
Run jointly with LittleRo.org, the Survivors pod online support meets on zoom, Tuesdays 20:00-21:15pm.
To increase safety attendance by invitation only.
We have piloted a peer support network for abuse survivor-researchers, and are starting work with the Violence, Abuse and Mental Health Network to develop this. As well as peer support, we will be curating an on-line depository for survivor-led research and developing further good practice tools to promote Please get in touch if you are a survivor researcher and are interested in joining us.
Our survivor writers group is for any survivors who want support with their writing, whether it is a memoir, blog, poetry, journaling, articles or any type of writing, for your own use or publication. Led by survivor authors Sue Atkinson and Jane Chevous, the group is a safe space to share your writing, give and receive feedback and encouragement with other writers. Join our mailing list for details of writers workshops later this year. This group is currently full, please see below details of Our Story, Our Voices, a new Writer’s group that started this Autumn.
Our Story, Our Voice survivor writers group is for any survivors who want to break the silence of abuse through creative writing and story, powerful tools for healing and change. Led by survivor author Jane Chevous and activist Nicole Caroli, we will gather in a safe and supportive space to hear survivors’ voices and use some simple creative writing exercises to discover and develop our own.
The group runs fortnightly on Thursday evenings from 7pm-8.30pm on Zoom. Next intake January 2022. For more information and to book your place, please contact us
Our plans for 2022 include a new series of creative gatherings for survivors, combining peer support with creative activities that help us to thrive after trauma. We’re excited to announce that the first of these will be an Expressive Voice workshop led by the inspirational singer-songwriter Brenda Rattray. Her song Nobody Knows speaks powerfully to child abuse survivors – check it out! Brenda is leading a similar event later this month in London – check out her video if you are interested and for a sneak preview of what our gathering in the New Year. If you are interested in either event, please contact Brenda directly by email email@example.com More info about the survivor event coming soon!
Other Sources of Support
Please note that we do not provide therapy or counselling. For help in finding support in the UK, please contact your GP, mental health services or social services. If you are struggling with feeling suicidal, please contact the Samaritans or your local hospital A&E. Some other agencies survivors have found helpful are listed below, hover over the name for a link to their website:
NAPAC – support line for adults abused as children (any form of abuse).
Survivors Trust – helpline and network of organisations supporting survivors of sexual abuse and rape
Into the Light – support for people who have been sexually abused and their supporters.
TAG – Trauma and Abuse education and resources.
Stop it Now – for anyone concerned about child sexual abuse.
It’s Good to Talk – find a registered therapist.
DABS – books and resources.
MIND – information and help with mental health.
NSPCC – support for children at risk of abuse and their families.
Childline – helpline for children and young people.
Safe Spaces – support for people abused within the Church of England, Catholic Church in England and Wales or the Church in Wales
Respect: support for male victims of domestic abuse
Support during the Corona Virus Pandemic
Resources from Women’s Aid
Resources from Safe Lives