Being the victim of a crime is a harrowing experience that can be difficult to heal from. At Justice 4 Crime Victims we are here to ensure that your legal rights as a victim are represented. If you are in need of legal assistance then please contact us at 949-585-9055 to find out how we can help. Otherwise, read on for five ways you can take care of yourself after suffering from the trauma of being the victim of a crime.
Support is essential. Talk to the people you care about and let them be there for you. Choose people who take the time to listen to you and your concerns. Support is comforting, reassuring, and can help you feel less isolated. It can also be helpful to talk to someone who has been through the same crime so that you know they understand your experience.
Even if your particular crime is not being reported in the local or national news, there is a chance that a similar crime will be reported. This can be very traumatic. Try to limit not just your access to television news but to social media as well. There are many ways to stay informed that don’t involve the potential to accidently be re-traumatized by the event.
It is likely that you are going to have a range of emotions. You may be sad one moment and angry the next. You may feel tired or you may feel restless. You may feel physically sore. Know that going through a range of emotions is part of the healing process. If your feelings are putting you in danger then you should seek emergency help. Otherwise, it may be best to allow yourself to feel the full range of emotions.
The reality is that you are going to be dealing with excessive stress. Taking care of your body can be a great way to take care of your mental health as well. Try to eat balanced meals, get enough rest, and add physical activity to your day. Try to avoid drugs and alcohol because they can actually suppress feelings which makes healing harder in the long-run. Establish routines to give your day a sense of structure.
You will likely not have much control over any criminal charges that are brought against the person who hurt you but you can have some control over the civil charges they face. Working with an attorney who has specific experience heling victims of crimes can be a great way to ensure that you are healing. While we cannot guarantee results we can assure you that many clients feel a sense of closure and justice after taking on the person who hurt them. contact Justice 4 Crime Victims at 949-585-9055 today for a free legal consultation.