Victim-survivors experience many kinds of abuse. Connecting with others who are experiencing similar situations can assist victim-survivors with moving forward. It can also be a first step in recognizing and overcoming barriers put in place by abusers. We offer different groups to help individuals heal. Our confidential group healing options allow victim-survivors to hear different perspectives and to begin to incorporate new ways of viewing themselves and their futures. As part of a group, one can:
- Form strong connections with others
- Identify a time and place for self-care
- Give and receive positive feedback
- Improve moods
- Develop new perspectives and confidence
- Feel empowered
- Reduce negative thought patterns
Groups adhere to strict guidelines regarding confidentiality.
New Hope Midcoast offers the following group options:
Basic Group: An 8-week group that includes discussion, activities, education and readings. This is a closed group that includes the same people for the whole 8 weeks.
Healing Through the Arts: An 8-week art-based group that uses the A Window Between Worlds curriculum. Sessions include an art project and discussion.
Book Groups: A group with discussion about relevant fiction books.
Support Groups: Ongoing groups for female inmates who have experienced abuse. Groups are held at the Knox County Jail in Rockland and Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.
Certified Domestic Violence Intervention Program: Time for Change Women’s Group, a Domestic Violence Intervention Program, is certified through the Maine Department of Corrections and geared toward women who have used violence in their intimate partner relationships but who are also survivors of abuse themselves. The group meets virtually on Wednesdays from 10:00-11:30 a.m. (though will return to in-person at some point) and charges a nominal fee. This program meets the requirements for female offenders who are required to take a Certified Domestic Violence Intervention Program as part of their court sentence or have been referred by the Department of Health and Human Services case; clients may also self-refer to the program. For more information or to do an intake, please call our 24-hour helpline at 1-800-522-3304.
Our helpline is staffed round-the-clock (24/7). Call anytime to speak with trained staff or volunteers.
Everyone who answers the phone has participated in our comprehensive training and is here to listen to your concerns and to support you in ways that make sense for your particular situation.
- Not sure if you are being abused?
- Confused regarding your relationship?
- Need someone to talk to about a recent incident?
- Concerned about someone else?
- Serving in a professional role and need assistance regarding a client?
We are here for you 24/7.
Don’t hesitate to call for any reason.
If you have been physically assaulted, you can go to the hospital and receive a forensic exam from a specially trained nurse. These Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (S.A.F.E.) nurses provide expert, trauma-informed care. They will also document your case and treat your injuries. During the exam, an advocate from New Hope Midcoast can be present for emotional support. This allows the S.A.F.E. nurse to focus on your medical needs while the advocate focuses on your emotional needs.
Forensic exams (commonly known as rape kits) are not only for sexual assault.
Anyone can seek a forensic exam after any kind of assault. We especially encourage anyone who has been strangled to seek medical attention as soon as possible, and to request a forensic exam as soon as you arrive at the emergency room.
New Hope Midcoast partners with all area hospitals including Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Waldo County General Hospital, Lincoln Health–Miles Campus and Midcoast Hospital in Brunswick.