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How crime affects you

The level of trauma you experience may be affected by the extent of the injury, loss or damage, your personal circumstances and the nature of the crime.

For some, being a victim is merely an uncomfortable feeling. For others, it can be a traumatic experience, causing uncertainty and disruption to everyday life.

Typically, you might experience fear and anxiety, vulnerability, guilt, anger, loss of concentration or sleeplessness.

You may also have difficulties remembering things and making decisions. This feeling of loss of control is quite normal, given the trauma you are dealing with.

Sometimes, you may emotionally withdraw, even from people close to you, until you can make sense of the situation. This can lead to feeling isolated and misunderstood.

Some people experience these reactions as physical pain and aching in their body, leading them to worry that they are physically ill. Some of the physical signs of stress are:

  • insomnia or nightmares
  • fatigue
  • frequent crying
  • headaches
  • weight loss or gain
  • nausea.

Other health conditions previously under control may become problematic. It is important to recognise that these reactions are normal. We all deal with trauma differently but victims should seek help to limit the effects the trauma has on them. You may need help with children, medical assistance, financial advice, access to support networks or other assistance.

Last updated: 18-Feb-2013

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