Support groups

NAPAC runs facilitated psycho-educational support groups for survivors of childhood abuse, offering a unique opportunity to learn, connect and advance your recovery.

We are here for you

Support line 0808 801 0331

We’re taking calls from 10am until 9pm Mondays to Thursdays, and 10am until 6pm on Fridays.

We are a very small team and it can be difficult to get through. Please try at different times rather than re-dialling repeatedly as our team dedicate time to finish each call. We offer 30 minutes of supportive listening with signposting if that is relevant to your needs, but we cannot offer on-going support or counselling.

We also offer support by email

Please call our support line if you need to talk to someone soon, and try at different times if you have difficulty getting through.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) service update

Everyone feels anxious when there is a lot of uncertainty. If you suffered abuse in childhood you might be finding things especially difficult while coronavirus (COVID-19) is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

Read our blog post to find out what you can do to feel more safe. Feeling safe during COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Support Groups for Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse and Neglect

The application process for this year’s Support Group in London is now closed. Future support groups will be announced on this page, on social media and in our newsletter. Please keep in touch with us.


What can you expect from participating in one of our Support Groups?

Our support groups offer a safe space to learn how to address some of the key impacts of abuse and build connections with others who share similar life experiences.

The groups are run by experienced and qualified facilitators who work to a session manual developed by NAPAC.

Confidentiality is an intrinsic part of these groups and all participants must abide by this. The first few sessions are focused on creating safety for all participants and building group connection. Later sessions explore the impact of abuse in adulthood and how to address some of the key issues survivors struggle with, such as shame, guilt, anger, trust, boundaries and intimacy.

During each session, participants will be offered tools to support their recovery at their own pace and look at ways to develop healthy coping strategies that will support them in the longer term.


Essential information about our Support Groups

It is important that you can commit to attending all twelve sessions of our support groups. The groups are not ‘drop-in’ but follow a structured sequence. 

Each group also meets for three monthly follow-up sessions after completion of the initial twelve weekly sessions.

Each group is limited to 12 participants.  After you register your interest with NAPAC, the group facilitators make the final assessment of suitability to ensure that participants can work together safely and effectively.

Please note that each group can include both female and male survivors, but the mix of participants varies according to who applies and joins the group.


We are grateful to current and previous funders of our Support Groups:

  • The Philip King Trust
  • The Home Office
  • City Bridge Trust
  • Surrey Police & Crime Commissioner
  • The JAC Trust

If you commission survivor support services and would like to know more about our Support Group model or offer funding for groups, please contact us.


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