Aurora staff facilitate support groups to offer a space to discuss how trauma impacts day to day struggles for victim/survivors of sexual assault and/or relationship violence. Groups meet weekly to support each other without judgment. The space serves as a welcoming and nurturing environment for each member to share and connect with each other through validation, support, and community. Discussion topics can range from coping skills, stages of healing, impact on relationships, trust, sexual intimacy, options & resources, and more.
Currently, support groups are held online via Zoom.
Our support groups are open to University of Minnesota, Twin Cities or Augsburg University students, staff, or faculty members. If you are considering joining, an intake appointment is required before joining. If our support groups are currently full, we can still set up an intake appointment and connect you to our services, so that you can join a group the following term.
Currently Offered Support Groups
Healing After Relationship Trauma Support Group
For women and femme folks who have experienced relationship/intimate partner/domestic violence. We focus on the impact of the violence on our daily lives now by exploring how power and control was utilized to harm in a past relationship.
Men’s Dialogue Group
For male-identified students who are interested in discussing topics such as healthy masculinity and consent.
Sexual Violence Survivors Support Group
For women and femme folks who have experienced sexual violence (rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, groping). We focus on the impact of violence in our daily lives now.
Survivors of Color Support Group
For women and femme folks who identify as people of color and have experienced sexual violence and/or relationship violence. We discuss intersectionality as it relates to trauma and healing, and provide support and validation as we navigate an oppressive system that can continue to retraumatize.
Queer Survivors Support Group
For any LGBTQIA+ identifying person who has experienced sexual violence and/or relationship violence.
Off-Campus Support Groups:
If you are not a current student, staff, or faculty member with the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities or Augsburg University but are interested in joining a support group, please consider the following agencies that offer support groups: