Survivor Support Groups
Frequently Asked Questions

Anyone 18 and over who has experienced or witnessed domestic violence or sexual violence in Prince George’s County, Howard County, or Baltimore City.

  • Click here to find the register form. 
  • Each person who registers will receive a confirmation email after they submit their form; if you do not receive the confirmation, you can double-check that you entered your address correctly, check your spam folder, re-register, or email
  • Participants will receive an email with an invitation 24 hours before each meeting and they will also get a reminder email on the morning of the meeting day.

Register for Support Groups below:

  • Women’s Domestic Violence Survivor Support Group
  • Women’s Sexual Violence Survivor Support Group
  • LGBTQIA# Domestic & Sexual Violence Support Group

Guidelines for Participation

  • Protect privacy and confidentiality. All participants must ensure that no one else can see your screen or hear the group session.  It is recommended you use headphones, and you must always participate from a private space. 
  • Do not record or capture images of the screen.
  • Do not use private message to talk to other participants during the meeting.
  • Please arrive on time — the group session will be locked after 15 minutes, and no additional participants will be permitted entry.
  • Survivor groups are capped at 10 participants for each meeting, and we lock the meeting after 10 people have arrived.

MCP is located in Maryland, USA, so all our times are listed in Eastern Time.

No. The survivor support groups are a safe space for survivors to find community and collective healing. It is essential that this space is respected for survivors.  Please contact our business line if services or resources are being sought for other clients.

No. We only offer support group reminders via email.

Anyone 18 and over who has experienced or witnessed domestic violence or abuse in Prince George’s County, Howard County, or Baltimore City.  The women’s group is for those who identify as women (and welcomes other folks who have been perceived as women), and the LGBTQIA+ group is for those who identify as a member of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual people collective community.

Anyone interested in being notified about future opportunities can add their email to a waitlist by emailing us at

Groups are capped at 10 participants for each meeting, and we lock the meeting after 10 people have arrived.

Each Rising Phoenix Survivor Support group is facilitated by at least one MCP staff, volunteer, or intern. Facilitators ensure the comfort and safety of all participants, help to facilitate discussion, and present materials to increase awareness and knowledge of participants. Each group typically includes an icebreaker, a topic-based discussion, free share time, and a closing activity.

Rising Phoenix Survivor Support groups will use RingCentral virtual meeting platform.

RingCentral is easily accessible through any web browser and via apps for computer or mobile devices. You don’t have to make an account or download anything, though you can make an account and/or download the app for your own convenience. If you would like to participate but don’t have access to these tools, please contact us and we can arrange for you to call in over the phone line.

To ensure confidentiality and safety for all participants, we are asking that people register to receive an invitation to join the online meeting. This helps us manage group size as well as the confidentiality and privacy of all participants.

The only information we are collecting is an email address where we can send the invitation. No identifying information about participants, including the email address used to register, will be stored or shared with any person, organization, or entity. We also require participants to adhere to our confidentiality and privacy guidelines. Participants agree to prevent other people from seeing or hearing the meeting and to never record or screen capture the meeting.

No! You can choose to share your webcam or not. You can also choose to assign yourself whatever name you are comfortable with. We encourage people to include their pronouns with their name if they are comfortable.

Yes! Our support groups are always free.

No. Counseling or therapy is a specific type of mental health treatment facilitated by trained and licensed mental health providers. Support groups are led by experienced staff members who are trained to facilitate a group of peers to share their experiences, process their feelings, practice new skills, and support one another in a safe and collaborative environment. If you are interested in individual counseling, please see our behavioral health services page.

Please be aware there are times when, due to circumstances beyond our control, a support group meeting may have to be canceled with short notice. On those occasions, we notify you via email and post notices to our social media platforms (Facebook and Instagram)

No, children are not permitted to attend or be present during Rising Phoenix Survivor Support group sessions.

Our goal is to provide an environment where participants can freely express their thoughts and feelings.  Having children in the background can be disruptive and interfere with group dynamics and ability to effectively participate.  Furthermore, research has shown the negative effects of exposing children to traumatic information.  Therefore, our group guidelines require no children be present during the session.

Please email us at! We are considering additional survivor groups based on the needs of the community.  We welcome recommendations for other survivor groups we should consider.

social justice message

Due to recent events, on behalf of My Covenant Place, we would like to express our condolences to the families that lost loved ones due to the acts of violence perpetrated by the police. At My Covenant Place we don’t condone violence or racial prejudices in any form. We stand in solidarity with the protesters and law enforcement that oppose the injustices of their colleagues. As we confront this problem BLACK men and women have faced since arrival in this country, we hope the most recent events will spark a nationwide dialogue with the intent to end racial profiling and discrimination of our black men and women. We hope these events will be the catalyst to bring a torn nation together.