Impact of crime
Crime affects different people in different ways. The way a person feels can differ from day to day. It is important to remember that all feelings are normal and that, with time and support, the impact of the crime will get easier to manage.
No matter what your situation, you can call the Victims Information Line on 0800 650 654 and talk about how you are feeling and get information about services that can help you.
Common feelings after a crime
You may be feeling:
- shocked, panicked or powerless
- afraid, unsafe, empty, numb or lonely
- stressed, anxious, irritable or tired
- sad, depressed or angry
- guilty, embarrassed, ashamed or dirty.
Common reactions after a crime
Some common reactions you may experience after a crime include:
- having trouble controlling your emotions
- suffering from loss of self-esteem or self-worth
- having trouble concentrating or being forgetful
- feeling constantly on the alert (or paranoid)
- having flashbacks or memories about the crime
- pushing others away and being alone
- avoiding people or places that remind you of the event or the crime
- using drugs or alcohol to numb feelings
- changing sleeping or eating habits or having nightmares or insomnia.
All of these feelings and reactions are common and are a natural part of dealing with the crime. They are usually temporary.
With support from family and friends, most people start to recover from the incident in a few weeks or months. But if you are finding the recovery process more difficult, there are lots of different support services that may be able to help.