Peer Support

Domestic abuse can make you feel isolated. Connecting with others who speak your language and can empathize with where you are provides a sense of community and understanding. When individuals who have been affected by domestic abuse engage in evidence-based, peer programming then individual and systemic change will occur that promotes respectful, healthy and peaceful relationships. 

Our peer-support programs are open for anyone who has been impacted by domestic abuse, including people who are at risk of being abused, informally support others, or are involved in sex work.

Book an appointment with our intake team o to learn more about our programs or discuss which one may be the best fit.

Step Forward

This unique peer-support program is open to anyone impacted by domestic abuse who is looking to connect with someone for support. Whether you are someone who has experienced abuse, provided formal or informal support, or struggled with unhealthy relationship behaviours, we will work to pair you with a peer who you can connect with in-person, by phone or via email to discuss issues that are relevant to your current situation and experiences.

Finding Our Voices

This six-week peer support program focuses on issues related to self-esteem and the importance of effective communication. In Finding Our Voices, participants share their experiences and learn from each other. Topics include self-image, shame, compassion and the significance of healthy relationships – both with ourselves and others.

Growth Circle

This 14-week peer-support program dives into the experience of domestic abuse. Topics range from understanding domestic abuse, contextualizing experiences of trauma and shame, to creating support systems and building personal power. Facilitators are women who have experienced abuse themselves or have a specific life experience that helps them to understand abuse. We recommend participants complete the six-week Finding Our Voices program prior to registering for Growth Circle.

BElieve in YOU

This 20-week peer-support program is for individuals who are, or have been, engaged at the intersections of domestic abuse and sex work. Our evidence-based, peer programming provides insight into the skills, support, and ability they have to maintain an abuse-free lifestyle.

Stand By

This virtual peer-based group provides informal supporters an opportunity to talk to a Sagesse facilitator as well as other supporters. This informal setting will allow individuals to come together to discuss experiences, ask questions, and provide you with encouragement, assistance, and relief.

Peer Support Program Activities

Have you registered for our peer support programs? Access the activities  using the buttons below. You will need the password provided by your program facilitator.