‘On Our Own’ Peer Support

The ‘On Our Own’ program aims to reduce barriers survivors face to accessing services and creates a sense of community where survivors can take a leadership role in determining what supports they require to end violence.

Having groups and 1:1 supports that are designed for specific communities of survivors will increase the impact of the supports by giving survivors an opportunity to reduce isolation and build community with others who have experienced similar challenges. Survivors can talk more openly with each other about the complexities of their experiences of gender-based violence from a specific marginalized group.

This program will enable survivors to explore their experiences of violence and trauma through collaborative discussions. Working from a trauma-informed approach helps connect survivors’ experiences of violence to broader systems and focuses on making environments such as the support group feel emotionally and physically safe.

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Ana Rocha,
Community Support & Outreach Program Manager

“This program is the number-one reason why women like me don’t give up hope and keep going. For the first time we felt like we were seen for who we really are.”

Adira, former participant

“We were proud to be in this group so we can grow again. We were able to talk about our experiences of trauma to strangers and it was because of the facilitators’ understanding, empathy and support.”

Jamie, former participant

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but we can start today to make a new ending. The group watered our roots and helped us to grow. We learned to hold our head high and realize that the system does not define us. We learned to believe in ourselves again.”

Noor, former participant

“Always remember: even in the darkness, we can still see the stars. I was finally heard and it was because of this group.”

Billie, former participant

“If you want something you’ve never had before you’ll need to do something you’ve never done. This is the first time I’ve ever gone to a group. Be bold. Be brave. Be kind.”

Nia, former participant