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You know that you’re in a good group when…

  1. You feel safe to open up and talk
  2. You feel supported
  3. You can learn, give, and receive
  4. You can laugh and share in laughter
  5. You can make friends
  6. You can be a leader too (i.e. you can take on responsibilities in the group)
  7. You feel safe to address feelings of tension or conflict as they arise
  8. You can leave the group or rejoin when you want (i.e. you know that the group will be sensitive to any health/life challenges that might make it difficult to attend each and every group)*
  9. You and other members are supported to grow and graduate from the group (i.e. the  group creates formal and informal opportunities to celebrate your growth)
  10. You notice that the group allows its members to continually evaluate and make changes to the group, as its members change and/or develop
  11. You know that it feels right for YOU


To find out more about peer support groups please contact the Self-Help Resource Centre.


*Note: This is in reference to open groups (i.e. open to the public) and not closed groups (i.e. private by invitation only).


YWCA – Breakthrough – Creating Safety and Possibilities

Group Name: YWCA – Breakthrough – Creating Safety and Possibilities

Description: YWCA Toronto is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. We help women and girls flee violence, secure housing, find jobs, establish their voices, enhance skills and develop confidence. We offer a range of housing options, employment and training programs, community support programs, girls’ programs and family programs; we also engage in systemic advocacy.

YWCA Toronto’s Breakthrough program offers free support groups to women who have been abused or harmed by other kinds of violence. Creating Safety and Possibilities: for women dealing with the effects of intimate partner abuse. They offer:

  • a place where women can explore how abuse/violence has affected their life
  • a safe learning environment where women may try new ways to grow and heal
  • opportunities for creative self-expression in a community of women
  • a space where women can connect with others in an atmosphere of acceptance and non-judgment
  • support to help women get the most out of their group experience
  • information to help women make decisions about their safety and well-being, including resources and referrals
  • childcare while women attend group

Where: 87 Elm Street | Toronto, ON M5G 0A8

When: Groups run in three 12-week cycles: January-March, April-June and September-December. Call for more information.

Contact: Carol Barrett 416-487-7151 Ext. 266 | |

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