Attending your first meeting takes courage, what these meeting can provide though is a comforting network of support, friendship, and understanding that only those who have been there can give. The meetings are a time for sharing stories, experiences, and emotions. We share a common bond, so we are free to express any emotion: anger, sadness, frustration, and sometimes even laughter.

 

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Adult Support Groups

We offer a number of traditional support groups for adult survivors. The emotions experienced after homicides are unique and something that is only fully understood by other survivors. At our support groups, you are able to sit and talk with other survivors about their reactions, without fear of judgment or you can just take the time to listen. Contact our office for information about this support group.

Kids Support Group

Many times, kid survivors struggle to process grief while the adults in their lives struggle to know how to help them. School aged kids (5-15) have an opportunity to meet with other kids, process emotion, and learn coping strategies, all while their parents or guardians are also attending group. Licensed therapist and trained volunteers help facilitate the group. Contact our office for more information about this support group opportunity.

Walk and Talk Support Group

We recognize that for some survivors, sitting and talking about what happened in their lives can be difficult. We also find that exercise and movement can be very beneficial in the healing process. In our Walk and Talk Support Group, survivors meet at Reid Park to take a stroll around the park. This group is closed from Memorial Day to Labor Day but then will resume in the fall, see our calendar or contact our office for more information.

Alternative Support Groups

Our Alternative Support Group was implemented by Homicide Survivor Advocate Sylvia Alvarez, in hopes of creating a different atmosphere for our survivors and breaking away from the traditional support group setting. These groups meet at various locations around town and offer survivors an opportunity to heal by participating in a variety of group activities.

  • Picnic at Agua Caliente Park
  • Baking Cookies
  • Planting terrariums
  • Candle Making
  • Coming soon: Art Studio

Healing through Yoga

Healing through Yoga is a trauma-informed yoga session where survivors have a chance to safely experiment with movement, breathwork, and meditation as a vehicle for healing. This alternative form of therapy and healing was launched in the summer of 2018. Survivors participate in a one-hour class that concludes with an optional essential oil therapy with a gentle shoulder, neck and head massage. Click here to RSVP

Equine Therapy

Homicide Survivors has been providing Equine Therapy to survivors since the fall of 2016. This equine-interactive psychotherapy has an extremely powerful and positive emotional impact on survivors as they travel through the difficult path towards healing. To get involved in this contact our office.

“In February I was given the life changing experience to do Equine Therapy, and it was just that, life changing. I learned to forgive and become so understanding.”

“Equine gave me so much and I was finally able to take my life back.”

Coming Soon: Parenting Through Trauma

In collaboration with JFCS, HSI will be offering a dynamic and new class to focus on the impact that traumatic loss has on children. In the wake of homicide, caregivers often struggle with how to parent children left in their care, especially when they are struggling with the loss themselves. This new program offers an opportunity for children and caregivers to come together and experience a coordinated trauma sensitive curriculum that educates about child development, parenting, trauma and grief.