CARE provides confidential advocacy, support, and related referrals for students, staff, faculty, and alumni impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.
Experiencing violence as a person who is undocumented presents unique obstacles that can have a cumulative impact on one’s trauma healing. A survivor who is also navigating their undocumented status faces unique considerations as they determine the best path to ensure their safety. The stigma, fear, and uncertainty that accompany being undocumented, or having loved one's who are undocumented, often serve as silencing factors that can put survivors at further risk of violence. These intersecting circumstances may keep a survivor from accessing the resources available to them, and may impact whether or not they reach out to health care providers, law enforcement, or other systems and organizations that are traditionally seen as a part of the healing and reporting process.
CARE recognizes that the histories and journeys that have led any survivor to UCSB are varied and can be dramatically different from one another. CARE is here for survivors who came to the United States for a better life, for those who identify as refugees, and for those who have fled their country due to war, instability, relationship violence, or systems of discrimination that pushed them to the United States as a means of survival.
CARE understands that the trauma that one holds is not a single act or moment in time, but is connected to how one processes the traumatic events they have experienced or that have occurred for a family across generational lines. This intergenerational or historical trauma can impact one's healing from their own personal trauma. CARE is here to support survivors with their direct experiences of violence, as well as those they carry with them from their past and familial contexts.