Fort Refuge - Abuse Survivors Support Group
The other day was the first in 7 years that I SI and I was feeling very ashamed about it. I posted a thread wanting to talk about how I was feeling and some of you welcomed me with no bias to I was and why I am an SI. Thank you for your support and open arms. ~MickeyGirl98

Welcome to Fort!

Everyone here, from the founding administrators to the newest members, is on a journey of healing from abuse we suffered: child abuse, incest, sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, ritual abuse, or psychological and verbal abuse. We feel that all types of abuse are damaging, and we do not minimize any person's experiences. It is our goal to reach out to as many fellow survivors as we can with compassion, understanding, and encouragement. This healing journey we all are on can feel overwhelming and isolating at times. We offer peer support and resources to help you tackle some of the difficult issues faced by abuse survivors, as well as the opportunity to give support to others.

The inner strength of people who, like you, have survived a traumatic or abusive encounter is truly amazing, and we hope that you will find your place among us and feel a sense of belonging here. Many of us battle PTSD. Many are DID/MPD. Many strruggle with Self Injury, Eating Disorders and Addictions. We are each at different places on this journey, but there is comfort in knowing that we are not alone. As we share our stories, thoughts and feelings, confusions and discoveries, philosophical ponderings and raw rants, poems and artwork, light-hearted jokes and craft projects, in essence - our strength, our journey is enhanced by what we learn from each other. Fort Refuge is all of us, as a whole, including you. Welcome!

Joining Fort:

Chatrooms and forums are open to members only, for obvious privacy reasons. If you're over 16 and have been (or still are) abused - registration is easy, free, and only takes a minute. Do check out our Guidelines and About Us page first though, to get a basic idea of what Fort is like, our beliefs and values. If you're under 16, a secondary survivor (aka supporter - a friend, family member, or a significant other of someone who was abused), or simply aren't sure yet if Fort is a good match for you - take advantage of our Guests Forum, it's open to everyone. Hope to see you around :)

Please note that Fort Refuge is a peer support group and does not substitute for therapy, psychiatric treatment, or legal advice. If you need professional help, please call a hotline, 911, or your local emergency services, - they can refer you to a qualified professional in your area.

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What is important in life is life, and not the result of life. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Abuse Survivors Chat RoomsSeven rooms are open 24/7 to registered members, to discuss anything related to abuse or just to socialize. Currently in chat: We also offer weekly chats hosted by Fort staff:
Next Tough Times Chat is Tuesday, 02/03/15, 11:00pm ET.
Next DID Youth Chat is Wednesday, 02/04/15, 8:30pm ET.
Next Many Minds Chat is Thursday, 01/29/15, 10:00pm ET.


Forum for Survivors of AbuseCurrently active threads:


Abuse ResourcesLatest articles:
08-10-2014 - Lax Lorraine and a Locker - True story of child abuse and neglect - and how adults who were trying to help made things worse by not thinking through consequences of their actions. Written by Tasha :)
08-08-2014 - Fort Chat Rooms - updated list of available rooms, netiquette, mobile access shortcuts, etc.
06-21-2014 - Reporting Suspected Abuse - things to consider when you're choosing whether to report your concern or not (including legal requirements), numbers to call, description of the process.
06-05-2014 - New Survey On Domestic Violence - 20min questionnaire for 18-65yo female victims of DV, research conducted by Magee University in Northern Ireland.
04-27-2014 - Updated Bookstore - three new self-help books.

Fort Refuge is paid for by site owners and does not solicit, encourage, or accept monetary donations. If you'd like to help out - we have moderator positions available.