Crime happens on a daily basis, and often the crime affects one or more victims. The physical and emotional impact of crime can affect a person significantly, and cause a variety of issues and responses to arise. The crime can affect not only the individual but also those surrounding them including friends and family. Crime can cause people to react in different ways. It can make them feel out of control, fearful, and traumatized. Others might react with anger, some with sadness. The way crime affects people is variable, and people have different ways to cope with it.
Being a victim of crime can cause cognitive difficulties, including confusion, memory problems, disturbed thinking, reliving the event, distressing dreams, and blaming someone.
The emotional response to being a victim of crime include anger, depression, anxiety, grief, guilt, helplessness, and feelings of isolation.
Often times, the responses triggered by being a victim of crime are temporary, and most people will recover within weeks or months. However, some crimes can traumatize people and the effects can linger for much longer, sometimes years.
Ways to cope
People have different ways to cope with the effects of crime. Ways to cope can include putting off major life decisions (your decisions may be affected by your current state of mind), eating and exercising regularly, talk about your feelings, and doing nice things for yourself. Regardless of which coping mechanism you adhere to, it is important to keep yourself healthy both mentally and physically.
In summary, crime affects people differently, but it can be devastating to most people. The way people react to the effects of crime differ by individual, but it is ultimately important to keep healthy both mentally and physically in order to heal and recover from the experience.