Getting help after experiencing violence is important for a person’s recovery process, but not everyone gets the help communities can provide. Young men of color are at heightened risk for being the victims of violence, especially robbery and physical assault. Therefore, they are disproportionately exposed to the negative consequences associated with victimization. However, little is known about the factors that influence young men of color’s help-seeking behavior, their perceptions of their needs after a traumatic event, and their engagement in formal services. Without this basic understanding, the victim services sector, healthcare providers, and community-based organizations providing care to victims of violence are unable to meet the needs of this population.
This study broadens the understanding of young men of color’s help-seeking behaviors after experiencing violence. With funding from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Vera will recruit, hire, and train young men of color to be community researchers, using a collaborative research approach, to help shed light on this important topic.
This project will explore social and contextual factors influencing young men of color’s help seeking behavior following violent victimization.