Anniversaries of a crime incident can evoke a range of emotions and memories for victims. Reliving personal trauma is upsetting and can be confronting.
Some victims and their families are able to overcome personal adversity quickly, however most experience a mix of good and bad days. Aside from the specific date of the offence, where a loved one has died, other events like birthdays or special family occasions can also trigger loss and grief reactions.
People use different strategies to get through these times - some gather friends and family around them for support. Others prefer to spend time on their own.
Support and counselling are available through victims support groups.
Last updated: 18-Feb-2013
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