THE SUPPORT GROUP
A UNIQUE KIND OF SUPPORT GROUP
Providing a facilitated peer support group to families who have lost a loved one(s) to homicide
> Have you lost a family member to homicide?
> Do you wonder how you will ever get through this? Where can you meet with other families who have experienced this type of tragic loss and understand how you are feeling?
> Are you overwhelmed trying to understand and cope with the police investigation, intrusive media attention, and the complex criminal justice system?
> What is a preliminary hearing? What happens during trial? What is the value in completing a victim impact statement?
This open support group is available to family members 18 years of age and older, regardless of the status of their criminal case.
There is no charge to join the group
*Dr. McLean is a forensic social worker and psychologist with a background in criminal justice. His expertise ensures accurate and factual information about the criminal justice process.
OUR SUPPORT GROUP:
> Provides families the opportunity to meet with others who can share the challenges and recovery that they are experiencing.
> Allows you to meet with other family members who have a wealth of experience, compassion and understanding of what you are going through.
> Lets you hear from those who have found tools and strategies that they find helpful when facing the challenges along the way.
> Will provide accurate information on the criminal justice system while hearing the experiences of those who have completed that part of their journey
> The group is led by a professional facilitator* to ensure the meetings offer a safe, comfortable and confidential space for sharing experiences and receiving support.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT AT A MEETING:
> To be met and welcomed by other families experiencing the loss of a family member to homicide.
> The discussion and conversations at meetings will focus on the current needs of the group.
> Experiences within the group currently range from recent homicides to others that happened many years ago. These range from cases where no charges have been laid, those who are currently navigating the criminal justice system and still others where court finished long ago, and the offender has since been paroled.
> Guest speakers are invited to present on specific topics that are viewed as valuable from the group. These guest speakers usually participate for half of a group meeting
HOW DO I REGISTER?
> Click here to go to the Contact Us tab to register
*Please note our support meetings are not a bereavement or therapy group nor a group lobbying for victim’s rights or justice reform