Support Groups

It is our belief that no one ever deserves abuse, and that God desires safety and love to be present in all relationships. Through our support groups, we hope to facilitate the work of survivors becoming empowered to choose the best course for their physical, emotional, and spiritual safety.

Advocacy-Based Support Groups

Northwest Family Life’s Advocacy and Support Program provides information and support to survivors of domestic violence, those currently dealing with an abusive situation, or those still healing from and remembering past abuse.

If you are interested in joining a support group, please click the button below and fill out our online form or send us an email at hope@nwfamilylife.org.

If you are new to our support groups, we recommend you start with Domestic Violence 101. This 6 week course covers ways to safety plan, the cycles of violence, subtle tactics of abuse, reasons why people stay in abusive relationships, how trauma affects us, and guidelines to healthy relationships. Our DV101 course is designed to offer insight and support for women who have experienced abusive relationships.

Tabitha Terlunen

Tabitha Terlunen

Tuesday 6:30-8:00 PM PDT
Wednesday 10-11:30 AM PDT

DV 101:

Thursday 6-7:30 PM PDT

About Tabitha’s Group >

Nicole Kalbermatten

Nicole Kalbermatten

Friday 9:30-11:00 AM PDT
          [6:30-9 PM CET]

DV 101:
Wednesday 10-11:30 AM PDT
                    [7-9:30 PM CET]

About Nicole’s Group >

Lila Ghising

Lila Ghising

Tuesday 6-7:30 PM PDT

About Lila’s Group >

Other Groups

In addition to our Advocacy and Support Program Groups, Northwest Family Life offers a number of other groups that address and discuss issues related to domestic violence, related trauma, and mental health through other lenses.

Kristie Williams

Kristie Williams

Bethany Hiser

Bethany Hiser

Support groups are confidential. All groups are currently held on Zoom due to COVID-19 and are offered free of charge. These services are sponsored by Horizons Foundation. For additional information or to reserve a space in the group, please contact our Front Desk Advocate, Grace Joy, at 206-363-9601 or frontdesk@nwfamilylife.org.

We encourage you to contact us and allow us to provide you with information, education and support to help you make safe decisions for you and your family. Our advocates can also help you locate housing and shelter services in your area. These services are free of charge. We may also be able to help you find counseling and other resources available at low cost on a sliding scale. For more information please call us at 206-363-9601 or email us at hope@nwfamilylife.org.

Learn more about our Advocacy & Support Groups

DV 101 | Thursdays 6 – 7:30 PM PDT & Wednesdays 10 – 11:30 AM PDT [7 – 9:30 PM CET]

If you are new to our support groups, we recommend you start with Domestic Violence 101. This 6 week course covers ways to safety plan, the cycles of violence, subtle tactics of abuse, reasons why people stay in abusive relationships, how trauma affects us, and guidelines to healthy relationships. Our DV101 course is designed to offer insight and support for women who have experienced abusive relationships. Join Tabitha on Tuesdays or Nicole on Wednesdays.

Carol Lindlow | this group is currently on hold until further notice

Join licensed therapist and trauma specialist, Carol Lindlow, for an introduction to domestic violence and to Northwest Family Life. This group will offer insight and support for women who have experienced abusive relationships.

Lila Ghising | Tuesdays 6 – 7:30 PM PDT

Lila Ghising is a life coach with extensive international experience supporting survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence. She speaks Nepali, Hindi, and Urdu. This group caters to immigrants and refugees.

Tabitha Terlunen | Wednesdays 10 – 11:30 AM PDT & Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00 PM PDT

You are not alone, you are invited to journey with other women who have experienced similar things in their relationships. Together we will learn, grow, and support one another. Tabitha Terlunen is a graduate student in St. Stephen’s Master’s in Ministry program and a community based advocate through Northwest Family Life.

Nicole Kalbermatten | Fridays 9:30 – 11:30 AM PDT [6:30-9 PM CET] 

Nicole’s group is a safe space where survivors can normalize their feelings, rebuild their self-esteem, safety plan, create a support network, and build pathways to healthy futures. There will be opportunities to practice calming and grounding techniques as well as to explore the dynamics of power and control. Together we will learn, heal, and grow in a supportive community.

Nicole has personal experience with domestic violence and has worked at Northwest Family Life for over 5 years, helping to fund programs such as support groups, safe housing for families fleeing violence, and youth mentorship. Nicole delights in seeing survivors find safety and make their own meaningful life choices.

 

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