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
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.
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 neck and head massage. This is an all-levels yoga class, no experience necessary and beginners are welcome!
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.”
Equine therapy sessions are seasonal. Please contact our office for dates, times & location.
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.
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.
With hundreds of youth in Pima County losing a loved one to violence each year, there is a huge need for adult survivors who can mentor and support youth as they grieve. In partnership with One on One mentoring, we work to provide positive influences and role models for youth who are grieving the murder of a loved one and to show them that there is hope & support.