Wednesday Workshop

Our Wednesday Workshop Podcast is led by our Advocates, and each episode shares strategies to heal and move beyond the trauma inflicted by domestic and sexual violence.

While initially geared towards survivors, these sessions share helpful insights for service providers and community members, and all are invited to listen.

Stay tuned for Season 4, and catch up on our past episodes below!


Podcast Episodes 

Healing in the Queer Community

Last year during Pride Month, we covered dynamics that specifically impact LGBTQ+ survivors of domestic and sexual violence. This year, we wanted to take this topic a step further and consider what comes after abuse: healing. Join Marissa, with special guest Ayden...

Your Voice Has Power: An Interview with Dylan Farrow

Survivor, activist, and change-maker: these are three words that describe Dylan Farrow, The Women Center's Keynote Speaker for our 2022 EmPower Luncheon! Join Marissa and Dylan as they discuss the power of speaking your truth, self-care in healing, and the identity of...


Traumaversaries are time-specific anniversaries of traumatic events. Normally, everyday moments are filtered throughout our thoughts, feelings, and then are eventually stored or encoded into our long or short term memory. When we experience trauma, however, our brains...

Trauma and the Body

You may have heard of the phrase, "the body keeps the score." What does this mean for survivors of abuse? Join Sam and Marissa in a conversation about the body's response to trauma, and practical tools to reclaim your mind and body.  Please note that this workshop is...

Prioritizing Your Needs

In 1943, Abraham Maslow proposed that we have to meet our needs from the ground up, from physiological to self-actualization. What does this mean for survivors of abuse? Join Marissa and Sam in a conversation on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, as well as strategies for...

Addressing the Should’ve, Could’ve, Would’ve,

Many survivors may reflect on what they could have changed throughout an abusive relationship or situation, as well as the outcomes that have appeared due to the abuse. This can lead to feelings of guilt and shame, even though the abuse was never their fault. Join...

Breaking the Trauma Bond

Trauma bonding is intense, unlike a normal bond we may create with safe family and friends. Join Marissa and Nouchee in a discussion on how trauma bonds operate in the brain, how to tell if you are in a trauma bonded relationship, and ultimately how to safely break...

Identity After Abuse: Who Am I?

Identity encompasses the memories, experiences, relationships and values that creates one sense of self. It's normal to question or reflect on our identity from time to time, but in abuse, someone else may be trying to actively change or control who you are and the...

Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse in the LGBTQ+ Community

This June, we recognize and celebrate Pride Month, while acknowledging the unique challenges LGBTQ+ survivors of domestic and sexual violence face. Join Marissa and Nouchee in a discussion of the different forms of abuse and barriers that the LGBTQ+ community may...

Stigma of Disclosure: Trauma, Mental Illness, and Support

How are abuse and mental health connected? According to the CDC, survivors of intimate partner violence often experience mental health diagnoses, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, and survivors of sexual violence also experience similar...

Self Worth and Motivation

Victims and survivors may have a complicated relationship with self-worth and motivation, often based off of the messages they have received from their partners when in an abusive relationship. Join Marissa and Nouchee into understanding these ideas through the lens...

Breaking the Silence & Telling Your Story

Many survivors find comfort in sharing their own story with others. Sharing your story may strengthen your own self-image as someone who can reclaim their power, bring solidarity with other victim/survivors in your life, and help you on the road to overcoming sexual...

Secrecy of Abuse: How Abusers Use Shame

Shame is a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt; when used by abuser, shame can exert power and control over a victim of abuse, and also discourage them from speaking out. Join Marissa and Nouchee in this important conversation for Sexual Assault Awareness...

Adult Children & Domestic Violence: What if my Child is the Abuser

As parents and children both get older, it’s inevitable that your relationship dynamics will change. In a healthy familial relationship, there is space to talk about these changes openly, and renegotiate boundaries. When the relationship is not so healthy, these...

Adult Children & Domestic Violence: Telling Your Children About Abuse

It isn’t easy telling others about abuse that we’ve endured; it can bring upon feelings of shame, and we aren’t really sure if our loved ones will be supportive. Telling our adult children can feel even more daunting and exacerbate those feelings. You might not know...

Starting the CONVO on Healthy Teen Relationships

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month; this month and any time of year, it is important to raise awareness about this issue and open up the conversation to help everyone better understand the signs of dating violence and how to prevent it from happening in...

Discovering Self-Love

The most important relationship we have is the one with ourselves, but what is self-love and why is it important? Join Marissa and Nouchee to identify why it can be difficult for survivors to practice self-love, and share strategies on how we all can show ourselves love this time of year.

Healing at the Holidays

The holidays can be a difficult time for survivors, regardless of where they’re at in their healing journey. Join Marissa and Maria for a bonus episode to discuss ways to heal this holiday season, and to provide some helpful tips and share fun stories to feel more empowered this time of year. Happy Holidays, from all of us at The Women’s Center!

Wintertime Self-Care

‘Tis the season for self-care! Join Marissa and Jessi to explore ways we can be extra-gentle to ourselves during this time of year.

Boundaries within a Family Dynamic

Family dynamics are the patterns of interactions that we have with family members. Healthy family dynamics give us a sense of safety within the family unit, and unhealthy or even abusive dynamics may cause harm from a young age into adulthood. Join Marissa and Krystal in understanding family dynamics, and making sustainable choices for yourself that honor your voice in these relationships.

Coping in Communal Living Environments

Coping looks different for everyone, especially when in a living environment that you might not be used to. Join Marissa and Renee in providing some possible tools that can aid in reducing the stress of your living environment, especially within shelters and...

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