Fort Refuge - Abuse Survivors Support Group
there are many times where the support here helped me when no other place was able to. having people that truly understand, from the inside, my struggles, helps me to know i'm not alone. that is invaluable. ~Terry

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!

Chatrooms and forums are open to members only, for obvious privacy reasons. If you're over 16 and have been (or still are) abused - check out our Guidelines and About Us page, to get an idea of what Fort is like, our beliefs and values. Guidelines have a link to registration. 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 :)

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
~ Confucius


Last updated April 16th, 2015
Copyright 2008-2015. Reproducing any part of this site without permission is strictly prohibited
Disclaimer: Fort Refuge is a strictly peer project, run by people who have been hurt and are trying to recover from the impact of this trauma. Anything you read on this website is an opinion only, based on personal experience of the author, and is not to be used in place of counseling, therapy, or medical or legal advice. If you or someone you know is currently in crisis or in an emergency situation and needs professional help, - please call a hotline or your local emergency services; they can refer you to a qualified professional in your area.

Abuse Survivors Chat Rooms

Abuse Survivors Chat RoomsSeven rooms are open 24/7 to Fort members, to discuss anything related to abuse or its aftermath: depression, flashbacks, DID, anger, ADLs, etc. Currently in chat: Next three hosted chats:
Tough Times Chat - Tuesday, 07/07/15, 11:00pm ET.
DID Youth Chat - Wednesday, 07/01/15, 8:30pm ET.
Many Minds Chat - Thursday, 07/02/15, 10:00pm ET.

Forums - Online Support Group

Forum for Survivors of AbuseCurrently active guest threads:

Library of Articles for Survivors

Abuse ResourcesLatest articles:
04-05-2015 - three new pages: Cyberstalking: Why and How, Staying Safe On Abuse Support Sites, and Top Five Scams on Abuse Sites
03-27-2015 - If Physical Diseases Were Treated Like Mental Illness - classic cartoons by robot-hugs on some of the unhelpful things people say to those struggling with mental health issues.
03-23-2015 - Easy Snacks Cookbook - Just some simple quick things you can fix if you're hungry and can't cook. Great for littles :)
03-17-2015 - Memorial Wall - Our tributes to those who died through child abuse, domestic violence, rape, or other forms of abuse. You can add a tribute too.
02-25-2015 - Updated Guidelines - please read so we're all on the same page.

Psychology Quizzes

Quizzes Posttraumatic Cognitions Inventory - see if trauma has affected your beliefs about yourself and the world, and how these beliefs might influence development of PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder).
COPE Scale - people use 15 methods to cope with stress; see which one do you use the most, and what are the other options.
Angry Cognitions Scale - it can be hard to think straight when you're angry. Knowing common pitfalls can help lowering the amount of unnecessary stress in your life and lives of those around you.
Dissociative Experiences Scale-II - 28 questions measuring your degree of dissociation.