National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center:
The events that unfolded in the Nation’s Capital on January 6, 2021 were deeply upsetting to many people who watched in disbelief as a mob breached the Capitol Building – the “People’s House.” It was acutely troubling and stressful for viewers, and it was terrifying for many of our
Nation’s leaders and their staff who feared for their physical safety. Family members and friends were frantic because they did not know whether their loved ones were safe. This event was also distressing to many of us because of the symbolic value of what happened. We also know from past experience and from information we have already received from our stakeholders that this event was a “trauma cue” for some people who have previously endured mass violence, criminal victimization, or other traumatic life events. Trauma cues can increase distress and impede recovery from previous violent victimization experiences.