Trauma, Abuse, and Assault

Trauma, abuse, and assault

A traumatic event often involves a physical threat to life or safety such as a natural disaster, an accident, or a human act. But any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed or powerless can be considered traumatic and lead to strong emotional reactions. Common reactions include:

  • Feeling hopeless about the future
  • Feeling detached or unconcerned about others
  • Having trouble concentrating or making decisions
  • Feeling jumpy and getting startled easily at sudden noises
  • Feeling on guard and constantly alert
  • Having disturbing dreams and memories or flashbacks
  • Having work or school problems
  • Experiencing difficulty with intimacy

Every individual will have their own emotional response, and your reactions will likely change over time. Understanding that these reactions are normal following a traumatic event can help you on the road to recovery.

If you are struggling academically or are having a hard time meeting your basic needs because of a traumatic event, contact student advocacy. We can help identify on- and off-campus resources to help you during your road to recovery.

Some people will also experience symptoms such as anxiety, intrusive memories, flashbacks, hypervigilance, and avoidance for an extended period of time. This may be post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and can often be treated with a combination of medication and counseling. We can help you find effective ways to cope with your symptoms and find a sense of meaning in your life as a trauma survivor.

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JagsCARE: Jaguar Coping and Resilience

JagsCARE is available to provide immediate and short-term support to meet the emotional and psychological needs of those in the IUPUI community impacted by a traumatic event. The goal is to stabilize and reduce post-trauma symptoms by providing support, information, and resources. The type of support will be tailored to address your specific needs or concerns. For more information, contact CAPS 317-274-2548.