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Coping with trauma

Don't be surprised if you find it hard to cope after becoming a victim of crime.

Some useful tips to help you cope with this difficult time include:

  • creating structure in your life
  • not making any major life decisions
  • talking about your feelings
  • limiting the use of alcohol and drugs
  • keeping a journal
  • giving yourself permission to feel sad
  • eating properly and increasing physical exercise.

Remember that you are reacting normally to an abnormal situation.

Coping with witnessing a traumatic event

Being a witness to a traumatic or violent event can have a deep impact on people, especially children.

Even if you were not physically hurt or involved in the traumatic event, you can still be psychologically affected by what you have seen or heard.

To speak with a counsellor from the Victim Support Service, phone (08) 9425 2850 or Freecall 1800 818 988.

Last updated: 18-Feb-2013

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