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Support and Education Groups
Day and evening groups offering safety planning, support, and education are held weekly in Sanford, Kittery, and Biddeford.
Each year approxmately 400 women and children participate in support and education groups throughout York County.
All group participants commit to maintain confidentiality of all group members, including their stories and the information shared during group.
Non-judgmental Peer Support
Groups are facilitated by trained advocates, many of whom are formerly battered women. Facilitators offer information, emotional support and referrals to other resources as you make the choices you feel are best for you. Caring Unlimited respects the fact that every woman has the right to make her own decisions in her own time.
Trained volunteer Kidworkers provide free, quality childcare at many of our Support and Education groups.
Caring Unlimited’s confidential support groups will help you learn that...
You are not alone! Attending support group can help you discover that there are many women who understand the pain of living with an abusive partner because they have been there themselves. It has been estimated that 60,000 Maine women are abused each year by their partners. You may begin to feel less alone as you connect with other women who truly understand your situation.
You are not to blame! Hearing the stories of others who have been in a relationship with an abuser, along with educational information presented by group facilitators, can help you begin to recognize the common tactics abusers use. As you recognize abusers' tactics, you may begin to understand that it is not your fault. The abuser is responsible for his choices, and only he can change them
You do not have the power to change your abuser! We all want to have happy, healthy relationships. Abusers routinely blame their victim for their abusive behavior, and women who are abused by a loved one routinely try to satisfy their partners in order to end the abuse. Support group can help you understand that the abuser is the only one with the power to change his behavior, and stop the abuse.
You do have the power to change your life! An environment of encouraging, non-judgmental peer support gives you the opportunity to discover the options you have for changing your life, and can help you begin to feel stronger and more hopeful as you remember that you have the right to make your own decisions in your own time.
Support Group Schedule
Confidential Support Groups are offered throughout York County for women who have experienced abuse in an intimate relationship. All groups are offered free of charge. Many have childcare available.
For more information, including directions to the following groups, please call our 24-hour hotline at 1-800-239-7298.