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THE EFFECT CRIME CAN HAVE ON VICTIMS
 

Being subjected to a crime may cause a series of physical and behavioural reactions.

You may experience a combination of emotions and thoughts that are difficult to deal with. Even if these emotions are completely normal, you may feel that you are not coping and that you are losing control, and this can be quite frightening. It is important to remember that in most situations those feelings will be overcome and, over time, you will gradually regain a feeling of control over your life.

You may identify with just one or even all of the reactions described here.

What is important to understand is that there is no one way of how you ‘should’ feel or react.

You can always speak to Victim Support Scotland in confidence about how you are feeling. Using our Common Reactions after a Crime leaflet as a form of self-assessment will help you understand how the crime has affected you and can be useful when, for example, explaining to your doctor the effect the crime has had.