WomenSafe Offers Free Support Group For Young Adults

Chardon, OH- WomenSafe’s mission is to provide emergency shelter and support services for victims of domestic violence throughout Northeast Ohio. WomenSafe is starting an 8-week support group for female and male youth (ages 7-14) that have experienced or witnessed domestic violence.

The next session is scheduled to begin in February 2013. The time and day will be determined on the needs of the group. Participants may have witnessed emotional, physical, verbal, sexual and/or financial abuse, and it is not necessary to have used other WomenSafe services to participate. As with all WomenSafe services, this 8-week group is provided free of charge.

Some victims of domestic violence attend support groups almost immediately and some wait for years. Phyllis Henschel, Facilitator and Counselor, explains, “It is natural for a young adult to feel a bit uneasy about going to a support group. After a few sessions, teens find that the group allows them to reach out to other survivors and realize they are not alone.” As experts in the field of trauma, WomenSafe knows that the sooner children are engaged in services and open discussion, the more likely the cycle of violence will cease.

If you would like more information or to register for WomenSafe’s trauma support group for teens, please call Phyllis at 440-286-7154 ext. 229 or email counselor@womensafe.org. If you are in crisis and in need of immediate support call COPEline 24-hours a day at 888-285-5665.

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Andrea R. Gutka, Public Relations Coordinator
WomenSafe, Inc.
440-286-7154 x224