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Victim of Crime

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Prof. Victor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning, 1959.

Being a victim of a crime can be traumatising and have a very direct impact on a person’s mind, body and wellbeing. People who have survived a crime such as (but not limited to) robbery, assault and abuse may have strong emotional and physical reactions to their experience. Each person will respond, react and cope in varying ways. It is important to remember that you can recover and thrive after being a victim of a crime with the right help and support.

Experiences and signs you or someone you care about may need support:

  • A sense of ‘reliving’ the crime, through intrusive thoughts, flashbacks or nightmares
  • Avoiding reminders of the crime
  • Becoming withdrawn and isolated
  • Recurrent thoughts or memories of the crime
  • Feeling numb
  • Feeling irritable, angry or ‘wound up’
  • Feeling low
  • Crying easily
  • Feeling ‘different’ or disconnected from others
  • Changes to sleep or eating habits
  • Increased use of alcohol or other substances to cope with the difficult thoughts or feelings.

If you, or someone you care for is experiencing distress after being a victim of crime, please call Lifeline to speak to a trained Crisis Supporter on 13 11 14 (24 hours / 7 days) or text Lifeline on 0477 13 11 14 (24 hours / 7 days) or chat online (24 hours / 7 days). We are here to listen.

Support services and resources

NSW

Visit: Victim Services

VIC

Visit: Victims of Crime

WA

Visit: Victims of Crime

SA

Visit: Victim SA

TAS

Visit: Victims of Crime

ACT

Visit: Victim Support

1800 RESPECT

1800RESPECT is the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service.

Visit: 1800 Respect

Blue Knot Foundation

National centre of excellence for complex trauma. If you have experienced childhood trauma, you can speak with a Blue Knot Helpline trauma counsellor including for support and applications around national redress

Visit: Blue Knot Foundation

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