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VICTIM OF CRIME:
common REACTIONS

Have you or anyone close to you been the victim of a crime?
Do you have questions about what might happen next?
If you want to report a crime you can dial 101 to contact local police. If there is an emergency, risk of personal injury or loss of life call 999.
Using 101 for situations that do not require an immediate police response helps keep 999 available for when there is an emergency.
Here you will find some information of the common reactions to crime, as well as information that should help in the aftermath of a crime. At Victim Support Scotland we are here to listen and help. Every day we support to victims of unreported crime and you can also speak to us anonymously.

A victim of crime is anyone that has suffered physical or emotional harm or financial loss directly caused by a criminal offence. Their family members and friends can also be affected by the crime.

Crime can have an impact on people in different ways.
There may be injuries or other physical problems, psychological reactions, financial losses or family, social and employment difficulties. It varies from person to person and can be influenced by things such as the type of crime and the way in which it happened, the relationship with the offender, the family and social situation of the victim and the way they cope with things.