Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Sarah Emmert


United Way of Santa Cruz, under the Shared Safety Workgroup, focuses on victims and survivors of a crime. Santa Cruz County is currently looking into implementing a trauma recovery center [TRC] for victims and survivors of a crime. Victims of violent crimes have unmet needs for services due for various reasons. The research of the trauma recovery center will allow Santa Cruz County to look into what types of services they would like to provide, who they serve, how they will receive funding, and more. Once the center is running for services, it should address psychological and physical distress in victims. Some reasons why their needs are unmet are because of the increase in violent crimes in the U.S. Oftentimes victims do not use the services that are available to them because of the emotional and physical distress they may be in. Based on a survey conducted, United Way members obtained a better understanding of TRCs. To move forward, United Way should focus on the funding and potential areas the center can operate.

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