Many people feel alone when coping with the incarceration of a loved one.
They can often be left feeling anxious, angry or embarrassed. Families can struggle to navigate and understand a complex and often inconsistent justice system and it can be difficult to know where to turn for support. Often people are reluctant to reach out because of the stigma and shame experienced when a loved one goes to prison. Families also often forget to look after their own needs while supporting someone inside.
CRC has been supporting families and loved ones of people in prison through these challenges for many years, usually through individual counselling, support and advice.
In 2019 we are going to expand this service and start a support group for family members and friends of people in prison. This group will allow family members to meet in person and build a network of people who understand this very unique and challenging situation. Our staff will make every effort to ensure that this program is respectful, safe, supportive and confidential for all participants.
We would very much like to hear from you regarding what you would hope to gain from such a group.