Impact of crime

Reactions to a crime vary based on the individual. Some individuals report feeling "okay" after experiencing a crime. However, 50% of people who have been victimized report moderate distress as a result of the crime (Department of Justice, 2012). While reactions vary, it is not uncommon for people to experience the following after a crime:

  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Guilt
  • Feeling numb
  • Flashbacks
  • Isolation
  • Poor concentration
  • Stomach problems
  • Weight loss/gain
  • Sleep problems
  • Avoiding people or certain situations

While these initial reactions are normal, we strongly encourage anyone who has been a victim of a crime to contact an advocate. By working with an advocate; victims can receive emotional support, learn more about their rights and how they can access additional support services. All of which can help reduce the long term impact of the victimization. You are not alone. The Victim Services Program can help.