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Coping with Crime Victimization

Anyone can become a victim of a crime.  If it happens to you or someone you love, here are some important points to remember:

Being a victim of a crime can be a very difficult and stressful experience.  While most people are naturally resilient and over time will find ways to cope and adjust, there can be a wide range of after effects to a trauma.  One person may experience many of the effects, a few, or none.  Not everyone had the same reaction.  In some people the reaction may be delayed for days, weeks, or even months.  Some victims may think they are “going crazy,” when they are having a NORMAL reaction to an abnormal event.

Getting back to normal can be a difficult process after a personal experience of this kind, especially for victims of violent crime and family members of murder victims.  Learning to understand and feel more at ease with the intense feelings can help victims’ better cope with what happened.

Victims may need to seek help from friends, family, member of the clergy, a counselor, or a victim assistance professional.