How to cope as the victim of a violent crime

No one anticipates being the victim of a crime; they may prepare for the possibility and warn family members about the dangers of specific crimes. However, we rarely expect the crime and know the proper reaction afterward.

It’s especially difficult after a violent crime such as a robbery or assault. We may find ways to adjust to life post-victimization, but it doesn’t mean we coped with those experiences. Luckily, there are ways to identify trauma after a crime and strategies to process your feelings.

Signs of trauma

The FBI understands that victims usually exhibit signs of shock after a specific event. And while each person may show different signs of stress, there are common symptoms including:

  • Nausea
  • Tremors
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Guilt
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Memory Problem
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness

The symptoms range between physical, emotional and mental attributes, so it’s critical to not limit trauma to only physical signs of stress, such as dizziness or nausea.

Coping techniques for victims

Luckily, there are ways to cope with the aftermath of a violent crime. The first tip is prioritizing your health first. You need to avoid bottling up your emotions and taking care of your wellbeing. Make sure to get enough sleep. Talk to a therapist or a close friend, and avoid alcohol or tobacco as a coping mechanism.

Next, slowly transition back into your routine. No one expects you to go into work the day after a severe robbery, so take your time to process before picking up your daily responsibilities. It helps your mental state in the long term.

Finally, when you feel ready, recall the events of the crime and embrace the emotions you have. You could find a possible detail that will either help you find the offender or a reason for financial compensation.

In Washington, it’s possible for victims of a crime to seek compensation after a crime if there were improper security measures in a specific property. Some property owners do not prioritize the safety of their tenants, and it ends up in long-lasting effects for victims. Consider seeking action if this is true for your case.

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