These groups empower people to strengthen their self-confidence and self-esteem, rebuild their lives after being controlled by domestic violence and/or substance abuse, and develop broader life skills.

Peer Empowerment Group and Sister Circle

WIT offers two drop-in support groups for people who have experienced domestic violence and/or substance abuse. We provide a safe space for people to share, learn, and support each other. Sister Circle is for women-identified survivors, and Peer Empowerment Group is open to all genders. The goal of both groups is that survivors will learn how to advocate for themselves and their children as they move along the path to safety, sobriety and self-sufficiency. A WIT counselor facilitates discussion and shares resources in the group.

Recovery Support Groups

Recovery Support Groups are multi-session groups offered free of charge onsite at WIT and at drug and alcohol treatment programs. The groups, facilitated by WIT Staff, provide empowerment counseling that addresses both the substance abuse and domestic violence in your life. In these groups, you can meet people in different stages of recovery, and support each other as you move forward towards safety and sobriety. Recovery support groups are open to all genders.

Current Seasonal Peer Support Groups

We offer Playcare for children during business hours upon request.

If you are interested in WIT’s Peer Support Groups, contact our LifeLine at 215.751.1111 or witservices@helpwomen.org.
Or, read our FAQ at the bottom of this page.


Peer Support FAQ 

What can I expect from the group? 
Safe space, Confidentiality, Respect, Support, Resources

What is the time commitment?
There is no long-term commitment - simply come when you can.

When do the groups meet?
Call our LifeLine at 215.751.1111 or witservices@helpwomen.org to learn more about when our groups meet, and which one is right for you.

What is the structure of the group? 
The group is unformatted - the topics each week are based on the needs of the participants. The facilitator maintains a safe environment that is respectful of the diversity of the room.

Do I have to participate in the dialogue? 
No. Speaking up or sharing your story is optional, but we do want you to listen.

How is diversity handled?
Sister Circle is open to woman-identified people, and Peer Empowerment Group, as well WIT’s Recovery Support groups, are open to all gender identities. Everyone comes to WIT with their own unique experiences. We work to create an environment that embraces each person’s experience.

Do you promote any religious doctrine?
WIT does not promote any religious doctrine, but we acknowledge that spirituality is an important part of many people’s lives.

WIT is full of strong survivors who were in the same situation as I was.
— Former client