Coping with crime

CrimeTapeSmallEveryone reacts differently to crime. How you react will depend on lots of different factors – some relating to the incident and some relating to you, such as the kind of person you are, the support networks you might already have and the experiences you've had in your life.

The effects are also likely to change as time goes by, both day-to-day and in the longer term. While some people are able to get on with their lives immediately, for others it can take weeks, months or years to begin to pick up the pieces, or talk about how the crime has affected them.

Emotions after a crime

Some responses to crime are more common than others though. A lot of people feel angry, upset or afraid in the immediate aftermath. Many find that these feelings get less intense over time, but it's important to know that there are no rules and how you react is personal to you.

The important thing is to be aware that you could be affected in lots of different ways, even physically (for example with difficulty sleeping or feeling shaky). You've had a traumatic experience and feeling emotional or stressed is a natural reaction.

How to cope

We know that dealing with your feelings can be difficult but most people find that talking about it helps. That's where our specialist trained workers can really make a difference. Contact your local office or ring our Supportline to find out more about the support we can give you.


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