News and Information​

More Help for Crime Victims!

December 2012


Sentate Bill 1299 (Wright) signed by Governor Brown will enable us to help more victims of crime. This bill will extend the filing deadline for CalVCP applications from the current one year to three years. This bill takes effect on January 1, 2013. Contact CalVCP at 1-800-777-9229 for questions. 

With a Little Help, Trauma Survivors Can Overcome Relationship Barriers

November 26th, 2012

Childhood trauma, such as abuse, neglect, sexual assault, and abandonment, can impact a child’s ability to form positive relationships later in life. The way a child copes with trauma can form the foundation for his or her coping strategies throughout life. Maladaptive strategies can lead to depression, eating issues, anxiety, substance misuse, sexual difficulties, and even suicide. These behaviors, coupled with the fears associated with relationships, can make adult intimate relationships, and even relationships with family and friends, difficult at best. Pratyusha Tummala-Narra of the Department of Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College recently conducted a study to determine how trauma survivors navigate the choppy waters of adult relationships and how psychotherapy assists in that process.

Women Domestic Violence Survivors Subject to PTSD Symptoms
October 2012

When an individual experiences an intensely traumatic event, the way he or she processes future challenges can be forever altered. For instance, people who have lived through a devastating hurricane may be overly sensitive to storms of any kind. When a storm approaches, they may develop physiological symptoms such as a racing pulse or cold sweats that can impair their self-efficacy and coping strategies. These reactions are similar to those of people with social anxiety and panic. They, too, can have a cognitive bias toward certain situations resulting in physiological symptoms that can impair their ability to cope effectively. There has been much research devoted to this phenomenon among people with anxiety, but little attention has been given to the coping self-efficacy processes in survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV).