Bridging the Systems to Empower Victims: Mental Health and Victim Services Training Guide [Student Manual] [open pdf - 349KB]
"'There is nothing more isolating than the pain of violation. It forces victims to question themselves and their world because it destroys two essential beliefs: (1) their sense of trust and (2) their sense of control over their lives. After the crime is over, victims begin to struggle with their reactions...they are often overcome with fear, anger, guilt and shame. They may feel contaminated and unworthy of help. Their relationships with family and friends can be seriously disrupted, and if they become involved with the police and the courts, they may come to believe that no one understands or cares about what has happened to them.'(The Crime Victim's Book, Bard and Sangrey, 1986) A victim of a serious personal crime as well as significant others, family members and friends, go through a difficult adjustment period, often experiencing the impact of the crime in varying degrees for the remainder of their lives."
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