Looking after yourself
Every person reacts and deals with their feelings in their own way. The following tips may help you deal with your feelings and reactions after a crime:
- Talk about how you feel with someone you trust
- Structure your life as much as possible
- Do not make major life decisions at this time
- Eat regularly and make sure you get physical exercise
- Allow yourself good days and bad days
- Limit the use of alcohol and drugs
- Be kind and gentle with yourself.
You can get more information and resources from Skylight (external link) , a national organisation that can help you navigate through times of trauma, loss and grief. Contact Skylight on (04) 939 6767.
You might also find that counselling helps you following a crime and during the court process. Counselling can help by:
- giving you a place to talk about what has happened and how it has affected you
- assisting you to understand what you are feeling and thinking
- providing you with practical strategies to cope with the impact.
See Support and services for contact details of different counselling services.