YWCA Toronto’s Breakthrough program offers free support groups to women who have been abused or harmed by other kinds of violence.

What does this program offer?

  • a place where women can explore how abuse/violence has affected their life
  • a safe learning environment where women may try new ways to grow and heal
  • opportunities for creative self-expression in a community of women
  • a space where women can connect with others in an atmosphere of acceptance and non-judgment
  • support to help women get the most out of their group experience
  • information to help women make decisions about their safety and well-being, including resources and referrals
  • childcare while women attend group 

We currently offer the following groups:

Imagining New Directions: for women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or incest

Healing Through Expressive Arts: for women who have experienced violence or abuse

Stepping into Connection: an open group for women who may be new to group support and who have experienced violence or abuse

Creating Safety and Possibilities: for women dealing with the effects of intimate partner abuse

Who is this program for?

Women who:

  • have experienced violence or abuse
  • are interested in working towards their goals in a supportive group environment
  • want to work with the arts, focus on connecting with the body


Groups run in three 12-week cycles: January-March, April-June and September-December. 


The program is offered at various sites in West Central Toronto and South Scarborough.

Who do I contact?

Carol Barrett, Program Worker
416-487-7151 x266