Workshop: Supporting a Survivor

Receiving a disclosure can feel intimidating if you don’t know how best to respond, which is why the Anti-Violence Project has designed this workshop to address how we can all support the survivors in our lives.

Throughout the workshop we will cover the very important differences between support, disclosure and reporting and provide some foundations for supporting survivors of sexualized violence. We will discuss different approaches and tools that can be used when supporting someone, including: active listening, believing survivors, busting myths, showing empathy and making referrals.

While the focus of this online workshop is supporting survivors of sexualized violence, many of the topics and skills we cover will be applicable to support in other contexts.

These free workshops are two hours long and have a no late-comer policy. Open to students, staff, and faculty as well as community members!


We recommend that folks interested in this workshop first attend our Understanding Consent Culture workshop, as many of the ideas in this workshop build on ideas we explored in the consent workshop.

Support workshop dates

  • Thursday, February 9th – 5-7 pm (In Person)
  • ***Wednesday, March 15th – 5-7 pm (Zoom) – RESCHEDULED to Thursday, March 16th – 5-7 (Zoom)

Accessibility notes

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, AVP workshops will be held online using Zoom, a video conferencing platform and in person, at the UVic Student Union Building. For in person events, we encourage the use of masks to protect our community. Online workshops will have automatic live captioning. If you have other accessibility questions or needs, please email or call us. With appropriate time we can arrange interpreters or make funds available for other accessibility needs including childcare. If you are a University of Victoria student, you can borrow a laptop for free from the library, more info here.