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What to expect after a crime

Whatever you are experiencing after a crime is a completely normal reaction. Two people can experience the exact same type of crime and have completely different reactions – neither is wrong or right. What is important to remember is that you are a survivor.

The National Center for Victims of Crime identifies three types of primary injuries a survivor experiences – physical, financial, and emotional.

  • Physical injuries are visible (bruises, cuts, broken bones) and non-visible (changes in appetite, changes to sleep, and fatigue).
  • Financial injuries include the items taken from you, but also the medical bills, time reporting and recovering, and repairing property.
  • Emotional injuries are both short and long lasting. Finding support from professionals (counselors and physicians) and non-professionals (friends and family) can help the recovery from physical and emotional injuries.

The following tips are recommended as part of the recovery process:

  • Talk with friends, family, and professionals
  • Allow yourself to feel the emotions associated with the victimization
  • Spend time with others, but remember to take time for yourself
  • Focus on both your mind and body
  • Re-establish a routine
  • Use coping skills you have learned from past crisis events
  • Make daily decisions in your life to regain control