Welcome to Support for Partners

Support for Partners is here to help provide some support for partners of those who have been sexually abused as children, provide resources to develop skills that help partners in their relationships, and provide information about abuse and its effects.

The complexities and challenges of relationships are magnified with survivors of sexual abuse. Those who are in a partner-relationship with survivors often need some support and understanding to help them through the recovery process. Our online forum is a place where partners can both get and provide support. Here is one partner's feedback on their participation in the forum:

I was shocked to hear of my partner's past and am sympathetic to his feelings and beliefs, but the discovery left me lost and confused about my own ideas of our relationship. Being a part of the Support For Partners forum - sharing my experiences and reading other peoples' concerns - helped me realize that I am not alone and that through time, care, and love - my partner and I can prevail.

About the Site

The site is organized into three primary sections:

  • Information about support groups focused on helping partners of survivors. This Support Group section also has information on how to create your own peer-support group.
  • Resources, including web sites, journal articles, and various other links in the Library section. We've assembled and continue to build a repository of information to help partners of sexual abuse survivors learn, improve and thrive.
  • An online forum for partners to participate in - it's an online peer-support group. The online forum is not visible or open to the public - only those who have registered can participate. Applications for membership in the forum are normally approved within one day of submission.

We welcome comments, feedback, and ideas for improvement! Please let us know via the Contact page.

Find Support in the Forums

Partners of survivors who have joined the forum find support, understanding and ideas for improving their situation from other partners. Here are a few quotes from partners of survivors who have joined and participated in the forums at Support for Partners:

I continue to be grateful for this site and for this community. Writing here, and getting feedback, has helped me to set boundaries that needed to be set

I've found this site to be extremely helpful in finding my way through the difficulties of being a partner of a sexual abuse survivor.

Please know that you are not alone in this struggle. This site is a great place to raise questions, share insights, or just vent frustration.

This site has been a tremendous help in me not drowning in my own guilt which would have just sunk the ship of my marriage.  It allowed me to understand that as partner of survivors we must educate ourselves and surround yourself with a support system where you can say "I am not the only one". That alone goes a long way.

Wow, two supportive comments already. I am excited that I found this supportforpartners site. I have been feeling alone for awhile.