Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services, Social Work

First Advisor

Susan Osorio

Second Advisor

Caitlin Stinneford


Domestic Violence (DV), Human Trafficking (HT), and Sexual Assault (SA), otherwise known as power based personal violence, survivors’ lack life-skills to deal with the demands and challenges of everyday life. Community Solutions’ Solutions to Violence department, a non-profit agency serving survivors of SA, HT, and DV is actively assisting their clients with accessing community resources and advocating beside them through their journey to self-sufficiency. The contributing factors for the lack of life-skills are dependence on others, trauma, and lack of professional development opportunities. The consequences that arise from this issue for survivors are ongoing dependence on perpetrators, depression/anxiety, and poverty. This project was designed to create and implement an open self-sufficiency support group that ran for six weeks. The group touched on the topics of stress busters, SMART goals, healthy communication and relationships, and much more. After the sixth week, data from evaluations administered at the end of every session was collected. The findings indicated that the support group did, in fact, change the survivors' lives and after the six weeks they had many tools to help them become self-sufficient. One of the participants commented after a session that she is very grateful and happy she attended the group. She stated that she now feels like she can conquer her trauma and be the self-sufficient woman she used to be. The Self-Sufficiency Group is recommended to continue in an ongoing loop and by properly evaluating the data, the workshops can be modified for the future if needed.