Healing After Trauma

Survivors of sexual and relationship violence can experience a wide range of emotions after an experience of harm. When we experience an unexpected or harmful event or series of events, our brains and bodies go into survival mode. As the acute danger subsides, it can be difficult to come to terms with what's happened and to move forward on a journey of healing.

In the days, months, or years after a trauma, you may feel feeling anger, sadness, joy, grief, loneliness, or some combination of those and other emotions. It is also common for some survivors to feel numb, disconnected, or emotionless. Any response to an experience of harm is normal.

Grow Together support group


Alternative Text for image: "Peer Support Group of survivors of Sex-and-Gender-Based violence and harrassment. Hosted by UW Bothell's Violence Prevention and Advocacy Program. This space is specifically intended for UW Bothell and Cascadia Community College students who identify as women or non-binary. Additionally, this space is meant for those who are not in immediate danger and are looking for ongoing healing and support. If you or someone you know is interested, please fill out our google form using the QR code below, or email us at uwbvae@uw.edu by January 21st. To join, fill out form: (image of QR code listed) https://tinyurl.com/grow-together22. For more information visit: https://www.uwb.edu/sexualassault." 


We have limited capacity to run support groups, which means we have to make difficult decisions about how to structure support. We prioritized women and nonbinary people in these support groups based on rates of harm and systems of oppression that impact access to care and healing. That said, we know there are men in our community who also deserve support while healing from violence. If you are a man, cis or trans, looking for support, please reach out to us and we will be happy to support you through one-on-one advocate services.

Other Healing Options

As a campus community, we are working to offer more opportunities for folks who are finding their way down a healing path. Check back here for more updates.

In the meantime, you may consider learning more about the following healing modalities; the advocate can help you think through how to access ones that feel right for you:

  • Talk therapy/counseling
  • Movement practices, such as yoga and Tai Chi
  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Energy healing
  • Eco therapy
  • Art

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