Peer Support Groups

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Peer support groups can be a valuable part of the healing process for many victims/survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence. Participants can find strength, support, and validation by connecting with one another in a safe and confidential environment. Groups promote self-empowerment, reduce isolation, and provide a space to build on existing strengths.

Support groups are facilitated by trauma-informed, confidential advocates and all groups are free of charge.

How do I join a group?

Print and fill out the HAVEN Support Group Interest Form and mail it to:

Attn: Groups
20 International Drive Suite 300
Portsmouth, NH 03801


Call the HAVEN hotline at 603-994-7233 and ask for an interest form to be mailed to you. (Interest forms may also be picked up/dropped off at our Portsmouth and Rochester offices.)

An advocate will call to confirm that we have received your interest form and answer any questions you may have.


HAVEN and SATYA (Seacoast Area Teachers of Yoga in Action) have collaborated to offer a unique yoga practice for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Empower Yoga provides the opportunity to practice taking control over your body by making choices about what you feel comfortable doing and not doing in a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment without utilizing hands-on physical assists. Discover your inner strength, build confidence and learn coping skills to calm and get present when you need it most. This practice is adaptable to all age groups and levels of physical abilities.

The classes are taught by SATYA instructors Rochelle Jewell, E-RYT (Kripalu Certified Yoga Teacher) and Sarah Sherman, RYT. Both instructors are trained in Trauma Informed Yoga techniques. HAVEN Advocates are present at each class and are available to provide additional support throughout the program.

Next Session: September 23 – November 21

Tuesdays in Stratham

Thursdays in Dover

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Women only, ages 13 +


Domestic Violence Group

This is a confidential peer support group with a focus on emotional health and safety for those who may be currently in a difficult or abusive relationship, as well as those who may be looking to leave, or have already left their abusive partner. This group provides a safe and supportive environment to break down the barriers and help empower members to take the next steps in their healing process.

We offer this group multiple times throughout the year. Please submit an interest form and we will be in touch with more information.

Sexual Assault/Abuse Support Group

This is a confidential peer support group with a focus on empowerment and healing for adults who have experienced sexual violence and abuse as a child, teen or adult. Survivors of sexual violence may experience feelings of guilt, shame, self-blame and isolation. This group provides a safe environment for members to explore these emotions, realize that they are not alone and to gain support from others who have experienced similar trauma.

We offer this group multiple times throughout the year. Please submit an interest form and we will be in touch with more information.

HAVEN Empower Yoga

Art Expression

The use of visual art allows non-verbal expression for personal growth, insight, and transformation. By creating colors, shapes, lines, and images, art can connect our thoughts, feelings, and perceptions of life experiences. Making art can be a soothing, stress reducing form of emotional release and plays a vital role in health, healing, and wholeness. All materials are provided and no prior art experience is necessary.

Music Therapy

In collaboration with The Sonatina Center, a Dover based creative arts therapy practice, HAVEN offers music therapy as a form of the healing process. Group music therapy is the use of music with participants to achieve broad goals of increasing mental health, processing trauma, practicing coping skills, building and sustaining a positive peer group, and increasing personal self-expression and self-esteem through therapeutic techniques such as active music making, songwriting, and lyric discussion led by a board certified music therapist. Group participants can expect an open and accepting space for group members to express and process their experiences and emotions, gain and provide support of peers, learn and practice appropriate coping skills, and gain autonomy and self-esteem through successful music experiences. All materials/instruments are provided and no prior experience is needed.

Coping Skills

Self-care is essential in the healing process through a traumatic event. This group will explore different types of coping mechanisms that can be self-reflective, through areas such as mindfulness, grounding exercises, emotional awareness, and building self-esteem.

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