More Than Survivors: Supportive Community

Embrace provides regular interactive meetings for survivors who have experienced domestic and/or sexual violence.
These meetings help survivors realize they are not alone and offer an encouraging and nonjudgmental environment to build connections to support healing. Family, friends, partners and other support people of survivors are welcome to attend too. The groups are completely confidential, respectful, and supportive community for all survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The meetings are facilitated by Embrace advocates.

The Rusk County group generally meets weekly in Ladysmith (107 Lindoo Avenue East) at 2pm on Thursdays. Check the Events Calendar to find out if the group is meeting this week! Transportation and childcare assistance offered. Interpreter services available. Call or text the Rusk County Advocates at 715.532.6976 for more information.

This program is also being offered in an online chat format that is anonymous, secure and confidential. The group is facilitated and moderated by trained advocates and is safe for everyone. Check the Events Calendar to find out if the group is meeting this week! To join the online chat group, go to: bit.ly/embracechat


Seeking Safety

Seeking Safety is an evidence-based curriculum designed for people with a history of trauma and substance use. It is a coping skills approach to help people attain safety from trauma and addiction. The program is present-focused and designed to be safe, optimistic, and engaging. It is also highly flexible. It can be conducted with any gender, age, any length of time, and also with any type of addiction and trauma. The curriculum offers 25 topics, organized into 4 content areas; interpersonal, cognitive, behavioral, and case management. Each topics represents safe coping skills relevant to trauma and addiction.  

This program is being offered in an online chat format that is anonymous, secure and confidential. The group is facilitated and moderated by trained advocates and is safe for everyone. Check the Events Calendar to find out if the group is meeting this week! To join the online chat group, go to: bit.ly/embracechat 

Closed, in-person sessions of Seeking Safety are also offered on a weekly basis in the Rusk, Price and Washburn county jails.


“Yoga in the Park” Outdoor Support Groups

Embrace also offers a community-wide, outdoor, somatic intervention support group series held locally in each county service area during the summer with trained yoga instructors. According to the Georgetown Law study on Trauma and Gender, specialized yoga programs help survivors overcome the harmful effects of pervasive childhood trauma, overcome the feeling of disconnection to one’s body common among survivors, and encourage survivors to reach out for support in healing. Other reported benefits in the study include better coping skills, increased emotional regulation, improved neurological and physical health outcomes, and healthier parenting practices.

Any of our community members are welcome to attend the group and survivors’ anonymity is always protected by Embrace. Hosting the group for the entire community assists in removing the silence and shame for sexual violence survivors and allows all attendees to reap the proven benefits of yoga including increased compassion towards others and healthier relationships.

“Yoga in the Park” meets once a week in late spring to early summer in Rice Lake, Shell Lake, Ladysmith and Phillips. Check the Events Calendar for more details about the event closest to you.


Youth Support Groups

Youth support groups for primary and secondary sexual assault survivors are currently offered in 9 of the 10 total school districts throughout the Washburn, Price and Rusk county service areas to students from grade 5 to grade 12. Embrace Program Coordinators are in the local schools providing support groups on a weekly basis during the school year. All youth support groups are rooted in evidence-based therapeutic activities and have a strong educational focus on healthy coping strategies, self-esteem, empowerment, and violence prevention. Students can connect with their local guidance counselor to join a group!


Mending Broken Hearts Support Groups

To enhance services to Native American survivors and promote an understanding of the impact of intergenerational trauma throughout Embrace’s communities, Embrace Program Coordinators offer the White Bison Mending Broken Hearts 3-day support group sessions throughout the year. Check the Events Calendar to find out when the group is meeting next!