This February, Hope’s Door expanded our support group services and began our first male support group. One in seven men will experience domestic violence in his lifetime; Hope’s Door is proactively offering this potentially life-saving support system to the clients we serve.
Men experiencing domestic violence often times feel they are unable to seek help due to negative social stigmas. Maya Lloyd, the counselor facilitating the support group, said, “Offering a support group for men is a significant way to reach a demographic that has become widely stigmatized in this field, and serves as an opportunity for male survivors to recognize that they are not alone. Abuse knows no gender and inclusivity is crucial in ending domestic violence, which is our mission.”
A member of the support group said, “Hope’s Door is progressive in recognizing the gender equality of victims of domestic violence, providing an example for other organizations and for our society to follow. The support group is a source of strength for us and allows us to learn together and from each other how to cope with the past and present, and how to change the path forward for a safer and happier life.”
Maya added, “As the facilitator, my hope is that the men who attend the group will not only be encouraged in their own healing journey towards safe, independent, and abuse-free lives, but may also offer support and encouragement to other men who may feel helpless in similar situations.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please call our 24/7 free and confidential hotline at 888-438-8700.