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COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Trauma experts argue that the COVID-19 pandemic has and will continue to result in a crisis of psychological trauma (Barbash, 2020; Salas, 2020). In addition to coronavirus-related trauma, racially minoritized survivors are navigating the disproportionate impacts of both sexual and racial trauma. As a result, racially minoritized survivors are navigating cumulative trauma at higher rates than white counterparts. To prioritize the needs of racially minoritized survivors, Grace Poon Ghaffari, Assistant Director of the SARA Office, created the following policy brief. This brief invites higher education leaders & policymakers and sexual violence educators, advocates, & counselors to center the needs and realities of racially minoritized survivors, especially in the midst of COVID-19:

Policy Brief: Addressing cumulative trauma in the age of COVID-19: A call to prioritize racially minoritized survivors in higher education

Presentation: SlidesRecorded presentation with audio transcript (~16 min)


In addition, take a look at the resources below to address the impacts of COVID-19, in regards to sexual/relationship violence. We will be updating this page regularly.


Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook: A Tool to Help You Build Resilience During Difficult Times (source:






(coming soon)

National Resources for Sexual/Relationship Violence & COVID-19

COVID-19 and Domestic Violence (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)

YWCA USA COVID-19 Emergency Response & Resources (YWCA)

Resources for COVID-19 Response (National Sexual Violence Resource Center)

Staying Safe During COVID-19 (National Domestic Violence Hotline)

Help for Survivors, Communities and DV/SA Programs (FUTURES Without Violence)

Using Technology to Communicate with Survivors During a Public Health Crisis (TechSafety)

The SARA Office remains open for remote support & engagement during normal business hours. For more information, take a look at our letter sent to our community regarding COVID-19 changes.