Being a victim of crime sometimes means you have experienced trauma. Your reactions are normal and are a natural part of dealing with a crime.

Ways of coping

Everyone has their own way of coping with crime. You may find it helpful to:

  • talk about how you feel with someone you trust
  • structure your life as much as possible
  • defer major life decisions where possible
  • accept that you will have good days and bad days
  • do nice things for yourself
  • eat regularly and nutritiously
  • maintain or increase your physical exercise
  • limit the use of alcohol and drugs
  • keep a journal
  • be kind and gentle with yourself.

There are many different types of crime – but every crime has a victim.