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Survivors of Incest Anonymous

Group Name: Survivors of Incest Anonymous

Description: Survivors of Incest Anonymous is a spiritual, self-help group of women and men, 18 years or older, who are guided by a set of 12 Suggested Steps and 12 Traditions as borrowed from AA, along with some SIA Slogans and the Serenity Prayer. The only requirement for membership is that you are a victim of child sexual abuse, and you want to recover.There are no dues or fees.

Everything that is said here, in the group meeting or member to member, must be held in strict confidence. We do not have any professional therapist working in our group. SIA is not a replacement for therapy or any other professional service when needed. We define incest very broadly as a sexual encounter initiated by a family member or by an extended family member that damaged the child. By “extended family” we mean an aunt, uncle, in-law, step-parent, cousin, friend of the family, teacher, coach, another child, clergy or anyone that that betrayed the child’s trust. We believe we were affected by the abuse whether it occurred once or many times, since the damage is incurred immediately.

Where: 519 Church Street | Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

When: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each Month 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Contact: Jennifer |

Straight Forward – Support for Straight Spouses of Gays & Lesbians

Group Name: Straight Forward – Support for Straight Spouses of Gays & Lesbians

Description: Annie is co-founder/co-facilitator of Straight-Forward. Annie is empathic of mixed orientation issues and draws on her genuine warmth and caring, positive attitude, academic background, and life experiences in co-facilitating the peer support group. Annie was happily married for almost 24 years when her husband disclosed his homosexuality. June Galbraith is a registered nurse specialized in pediatrics from London England. She was happily married for 27 years before her husband came out as a gay man. June is also a co-founder of Straight-Forward.

Straight-Forward offers a facilitated, peer support group for straight spouses of gay & lesbians. The only requirement is that you were in or are in a relationship with a gay or lesbian partner and you are heterosexual. Mixed orientation couples means that one spouse is either gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Supports exists for the gay/lesbian partner in their ‘coming out’ process. However the straight spouse is often left to deal with the aftermath with little to no formal support network.

Where: Second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. To obtain more information on the exact location (Yonge & Eglinton area) and specifics, please email.

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Group Name: GriefShare

Description: GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. GriefShare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life.

Who should come … who should not
GriefShare is for people grieving the death of a family member or friend. We understand that there are other losses in life that create feelings of grief. You might be experiencing a job loss, a divorce, estrangement from a child, or the loss of friends because of a move. This grief is real, but it is not the kind of grief discussed in GriefShare sessions. We encourage you to ask a pastor, counselor, or church leader for help in finding resources that will be of specific help in your situation.

Where: Please visit our Find a Group page for a location convenient to you.

Contact: 1-800-395-5755 | International: 1-919-562-2112 | |

The Etobicoke Children’s Centre – Support for Teen Girls

Group Name: The Etobicoke Children’s Centre – WESAT Teen Girls

Description: At The Etobicoke Children’s Centre, we are dedicated to providing services to children, youth and their families who experience challenges related to mental health and autism. We believe in a collaborative approach to addressing the needs of children and youth, working with parents, caregivers, and the community to promote support for the individual child and awareness in​ the community. Our multidisciplinary team assists at every stage, providing prevention, early intervention, consultation, treatment, and transition support, according to each family’s unique needs.

The WESAT Teen Girls Group is for girls aged 13-18 who are survivors of sexual abuse. The goals of the group are:

  • Learn to understand the impact of sexual abuse/ sexual assault on you
  • Learn to cope with the effects of sexual abuse/ sexual assault
  • Talk to other young women with similar experiences
  • Get emotional support

The group meets once per week (early evenings) at The Etobicoke Children’s Centre. The group is completely confidential and there are no fees for registering or participating. Light refreshments are served. Who should come: Teen aged girls (13-18) who are survivors of sexual abuse. ***All participants are asked to participate in evaluation of their experience of this service.

Where: 27 Madison Ave. | Toronto, ON M6R 2S2

When: Call for dates.

Contact: Shamsa 416-240-1111 Ext: 2274 | |

The Women’s Centre – Separation/Divorce Support

Group Name: The Women’s Centre – Separation/Divorce Support

Description: The Women’s Centre is dedicated to supporting women in crisis, distress or transition by providing programs and services to effect positive change. The Women’s Centre was established in 1989 by a group of women who identified the need for a safe place within the community where women who had experienced abuse could receive after-care, support and ongoing services. The Centre now offers an array of programs to meet the needs of women. In 1991 the Women’s Centre became a recognized and registered Charitable Organization and continues to support thousands of women who access our Centre for help.

Are you going through the painful experience of separation or divorce? This group will provide a safe environment where you can share your concerns and receive support.

Where: 1515 Rebecca Street, Suite 229 | Oakville, ON, L6L 5G8

When: Starts January 20th, 2015 (5 weeks). Tuesdays: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
To register, please call. Cost: $40.00

Contact: 905-847-5520 |

Divorce Care

Group Name: Divorce Care – Support for Divorced and Separated Individuals

Description: DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone. Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they have ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you have never faced before. Most people quickly feel comfortable and accepted in their DivorceCare group. They discover that there are others who have the same kind of feelings they do—and who understand the hurt and pain they are going through.

There is no registration fee. This is a confidential group dedicated to helping people recover from the emotional hit from divorce and separation. There is a handbook to be purchased for $15, however, no one will be turned away if they cannot afford the handbook.

Where: There are thousands of DivorceCare groups meeting weekly at locations around the world. There’s probably one near you! The DivorceCare program is designed so that you can join the group at any time. You will be welcomed and encouraged. Visit our locations page to find a group.

Contact: 1-800-489-7778 | |

Family Service Toronto – Violence Against Women Support

Group Name: Family Service Toronto – Healing with Music

Description: Family Service Toronto (FST) helps people face a wide variety of life challenges. For almost 100 years, we have been assisting families and individuals through counselling, community development, advocacy and public education programs. Our services are available to everyone who lives or works in Toronto.

Healing with Music
Moving on in our lives; Expressing movement through sound. A Group for women of all ages.

  • Express yourself in a supportive environment.
  • Learn how to improvise with rhythm and melody.
  • Develop skills that allow your voice to emerge.
  • Find the musical expression that fits you best.

Choose from a variety of drums and shakers or bring your own instruments. There is no fee. Pre-Registration required. Please call Family Service Toronto’s Service Access Unit.

Where: 355 Church Street | Toronto, M5B 1Z8

When: Last Thursday of each month starting September 25, 2014 ongoing sessions. Time: 2:00 p.m until 4:00 p.m. (with the exception of the Oct. 31 session which runs from 1 to 3 pm).

Contact: 416-595-9618 | |

Bereaved Families Of Ontario

Group Name: Bereaved Families Of Ontario

Description: Bereaved Families of Ontario-Toronto is a volunteer based bereavement support organization that provides programs and services based on a mutual support model to individuals, families, groups and communities throughout the city of Toronto.

They aim to assist people, without charge, in learning to live with this “new normal” by:

• Providing a safe space in which to explore grief in whatever ways that work best for the person.
• Reducing the isolation of bereaved people by facilitating connections with other bereaved people.
• Normalizing the grief experience.
• Nurturing the resiliency of people to identify their own inner resources and coping strategies.

Where: 250 Merton St. Suite 202 |Toronto,  ON | M4S 1B1

When: Support groups meet multiple times per month depending on your age group and type of support needed. Check the website for more details.

Contact: 416-440-0290 | |

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