CONVO Podcast

The Women’s Center is pleased to continue our podcast under a new name, CONVO, which shares topics presented at one of our regular support groups: Wednesday Workshop. Led by our advocates, 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. CONVO stands for Creating Opportunities for Non-Violent Outcomes, and is a resource hub for violence prevention. Follow CONVO on Instagram at @convo_twc!


Podcast Episodes 

A Voice of Empowerment

As we continue the CONVO about intergenerational and intersectional healing this #SAAM, Advocacy Specialist Mo got a chance to discuss breaking the cycle of violence from survivor and 2024 EmPower Luncheon keynote speaker, Magdelana.

Coping in Communal Living 2.0

Coping looks different for everyone, especially in a living environment you might not be used to. In this episode, Aspen and Juno discuss tools that can help manage the stress of your living environment, and what to expect if you need to relocate into our Shelter.

Restraining Orders and Safety 2.0

Do you know what a restraining order is and how it may help a survivor attain safety? Join Aspen and Fio as they discuss how Advocates can help clients navigate the legal system, updated for 2024. Scroll through this post to learn some key terms related to restraining...

Identifying Your Triggers

Join Mo and Aspen to learn all about how triggers manifest in our brains and bodies, and how to navigate through them.

Ways in Which We Cope 2.0

What exactly is a coping skill? They are the combination of thoughts we have and the actions that we take to deal with difficult situations in our lives. We all cope with things in different ways, but what does this look like and how can we cope more sustainably? Join...

FOMO to JOMO: Coping with the Fear of Missing Out

Even if you haven’t heard of FOMO before, you’ve likely felt it at some point. FOMO is an acronym that stands for “fear of missing out,” the emotions many of us experience when we feel excluded or left out. What’s behind FOMO, why and how does it happen, and how can...

Let’s Define It: Language of Abuse and Why It Matters

There’s a lot of different language surrounding abuse, and while it’s important to have more conversations about it, it’s equally important to understand the language we use, and how what we say can impact survivors.

#SafetyEverywhere: Tech Abuse & Digital Safety

Abusers often know that technology is a powerful tool to control another person, and for many survivors, simply “unplugging” in our tech-driven world isn’t possible. Join Mo and Aspen as they discuss ways that survivors can take steps to safeguard their privacy and take their power back online. This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we assert that survivors deserve #SafetyEverywhere.

Sexual Grief: Understanding, Processing, and Healing

Grief can impact all aspects of our lives, including our sexuality. For survivors of domestic or sexual violence, these feelings can sometimes be especially complex or painful. Join Aspen and Mo as they define the concept of sexual grief, offer ways to talk about it,...

Unapologetically You: Finding Your Authentic Self

What does healing, safety, resilience, and pride mean to you? Join Aspen and Mo as they contrast four emotional impacts that domestic and sexual violence may especially have on LGBTQ+ survivors—repression, insecurity, hesitancy, and shame—with four glimmers that survivors deserve through their healing journey.

Tired of Being Tired: Pseudo vs. Sustainable Self-Care

Have you ever felt tired all the time, even though you’ve gotten enough sleep? Did you know that there are different types of tired, and that they can be felt individually, all at once, and can fluctuate with time and stressors in our lives? In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, join Aspen and Mo as they discuss physical, emotional, mental, social, and soul fatigue, as well as sustainable ways to take care of yourself.

Knowledge EmPowers

Every April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), The Women’s Center works to leave you more educated, emboldened and empowered to continue advocating for all survivors of sexual violence and trafficking year-round. Join us as we recognize SAAM and call on everyone to work together to dismantle the attitudes and beliefs that makeup rape culture. Join Mo, our Advocacy Specialist, in an interview with our 2023 EmPower Luncheon speakers, Dr. Sara McKinnon and Dr. Rachel Lovell. Let’s continue the CONVO!

**Content warning: discussions of rape culture, sexual violence, homicide, and systemic oppression. Please take care of yourself as you listen, and trained Advocates are always available to process with you by calling 262.542.3828. A transcript of this podcast is also available in the Podcasts section of our website, ⁠www.twcwaukesha.org/podcasts⁠.

We Are Already Complete: Understanding Interdependence

In our society, specifically within pop culture, we often hear phrases like “You complete me”, “My world is empty without you”, “I have nothing if I don’t have you”, “I can’t live without you”, and so on to show devotion to a loved one. What happens, however, when an abuser uses these phrases to manipulate their partner? Aren’t we already complete anyway?

Join Aspen and Mo as they unpack the impact of these messages, define interdependence, and discuss ways in which survivors can reiterate to themselves and others that they are already complete.

Strength in Numbers: Survivor Solidarity and Resilience

This #DVAM, we feel it’s important to acknowledge that there’s Strength In Numbers. There’s strength in numbers when we raise awareness of domestic violence in our communities, and as Mo and Aspen discuss in this episode, there is an abundance of strength within the...

Grounding Through Turbulent Times, Vol. 2

 Experiencing distress from news--whether it be the news cycle, stressful updates from friends or family, or even general bad news--is common and universal, especially these days. Our Advocates shared insights on this topic back in April of 2020, and we figured we...

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...

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