Becoming a victim of a crime can be a distressing life event. It can help victims of crime to know that:
you may have a range of reactions such as anxiety, fear, nightmares and problems relating to others
not everyone has the same reaction and some people may have a delayed reaction
depending on what happened, it will usually take 6-8 weeks to feel more in control again. For some, it could take longe
it is helpful to remember there are different ways to recover from what has happened
you can talk to someone you trust or a support service.
Victims of crime and at times, their family and friends, may experience some of the following effects of a crime.
Allow yourself to feel your emotions
Many of these reactions will fade over a period of weeks, although some might last longer. There are ways to cope with the effects of crime.