Ways to cope with the effects of a crime                   

Allow yourself to feel your emotions

  • Allow yourself to feel the pain
  • Keep notes on your progress
  • Make daily decisions to regain a feeling of control
  • Spend time with others, but allow yourself some time out
  • Re-establish your normal schedule as soon as possible
  • Try to rest, sleep, exercise and eat regularly
  • Undertake daily tasks with care until your stress reduces
  • Consider seeing your doctor or a counsellor for professional help

It helps NOT to...

  • blame yourself for what happened - it was not your fault
  • bottle up your emotions - find someone you can talk to
  • make life-changing decisions - at least until you feel recovered.