Campus Advocacy Resources & Education

24/7 CONFIDENTIAL 805-893-4613

Survivors of Color

CARE provides confidential advocacy, support, and related referrals to students, staff, faculty, and alumni impacted by sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. 

CARE understands that interpersonal violence frequently intersects with other forms of oppression experienced by communities of color. Interpersonal violence is a form of violence rooted in the dynamics of power and control of one person over another. The systems of privilege in our society such as race, class, and gender are tools used to maintain the power and control over another person and cause them harm. CARE wants to create a world without these forms of violence and recognizes that all forms of oppression are interconnected. CARE aims to work at deconstructing all forms of interpersonal and structural oppression in order to free our society from violence in all its forms. 

CARE recognizes that people of color may have experienced instances of interpersonal racism with medical providers, police officers, university officials, or other individuals in positions of power as well as institutional racism with educational settings, governmental systems, law enforcement, and the legal system. These experiences may cause survivors of color and their loved ones to distrust the institutions that are supposed to assist survivors in their healing journey. CARE wants to insure all survivors of our confidentiality, advocates will not release your information or inform any other agency without your explicit consent. 

Each community of color faces challenges and circumstances that are unique to that community, as each person of color has their own lived experiences and individual circumstances. CARE recognizes these differences and is committed to serving communities of color by providing accessible, free, culturally competent, and confidential advocacy to all survivors.

What's different about interpersonal violence for people of color?

Although we realize that there is not one universal set of identities or experiences, there are some common factors that can create barriers for survivors of color as they seek help. These factors include: 

  • Cultural and/or religious beliefs that restrain the survivor from leaving an abusive relationship or involving others in personal matters 
  • Fear that their experience will negatively reflect on or confirm the stereotypes placed on their community or ethnicity 
  • Intersecting stigmas of homophobia/transphobia, racism, and survivorship 
  • Strong ties to one’s race, culture and/or family, adding to the pressure to not report what happened 
  • Fear of the impact that their family finding out about their assault or abuse and it bringing shame to themselves and their family 
  • The legal status of the survivor and/or the perpetrator 
  • Due to the economic disparities that communities of color experience, survivors can struggle to find affordable, accessible, and affirming support from community providers 
  • Lack of advocates or counselors who look like the survivor or share common experiences 

CARE understands that finding a support system of people with similar life experiences and backgrounds as you can play a vital role in one’s healing process. 

Your CARE advocate will work with you to provide the best and most culturally supportive assistance as they can, and will help connect you with further resources as you see fit.


All faculty and staff, who are not confidential, are required to report all students’ disclosures of sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, and/or stalking to the Title IX office to ensure consistent student services and Title IX policy compliance. A CARE advocate can discuss any student’s concerns one-on-one, without sharing the student’s name, identifying information, or any other details about their visit with CARE to other campus offices – your professors, coaches, RA, or cultural center staff members will not be notified that you have visited CARE, unless you explicitly request CARE’s assistance in working with them.

Making an Appointment with a CARE Advocate

To schedule a non-urgent appointment with a CARE Advocate, please follow this link to our appointment request form

To speak with a confidential advocate immediately, please call our 24/7 CARE advocacy line at (805) 893-4613. If you have an emergency or feel that you may be in immediate danger, please call 911. 

If you have experienced a sexual assault within the last five days, please visit the Medical information under the “How We Help - Advocacy” tab above or call CARE at 805-893-4613 to learn about the time-sensitive option to seek a free, confidential forensic medical exam.


Community & National Resources



Self Care For People of Color After Psychological Trauma

The National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA)

Women of Color Network 

Asian American Resources

API Chaya

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence 

Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP)  

Visibility Project

African American/Black Resources

Black Sexual Abuse Survivors (BSAS)

Black Women's Blueprint

Resources for Black Men & Black Boys Who Are Rape, Abuse,Sexual Assault & Incest Survivors and Victims: Articles, Books and Videos 

Resources for Black Trans Women Surviving Rape/Abuse: Articles, Blogs, Books, Video Links

Latinx Resources

Arte Sana (art heals)

Casa de Esperanza

Mujeres Latinas en Acción

The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities 

Únete a la Solución

Muslim Community Resources


Native American/First Nation Resources

Mending the Sacred Hoop 

National Indigenous Women's Resource Center

QPOC Resources


National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network

Queer Women of Color Media Wire 

The Brown Boi Project

CARE Recognizes...

CARE recognizes that each individual may hold many of the different identities that our Communities we CARE for pages address. For more information on another identity please click here to be brought back to the Communities we CARE for homepage.