If a crime has been committed against you, it is normal to experience some changes and symptoms as a result of the trauma. However, if symptoms persist, or start to negatively impact your daily life, it is important to seek medical advice.

Changes and symptoms you may experience:

Emotional Responses
– Anger
– Irritability
– Sadness
– Helplessness
– Fear
– Anxiety
– Guilt
– Worry

Behavioural Responses
– An increase or decrease in appetite
– Changes in sleeping patterns
– Nightmares
– Restlessness

Physical Responses
– Headaches
– Fatigue
– Dizziness
– Crying
– Chest pains
– Difficulty breathing
– Nausea

Cognitive Responses
– Hyper vigilance
– Flashbacks
– Slower thinking or racing thoughts
– Confusion
– Poor attention span

Tips for Recovery:

Reach Out
– Talk to a trusted friend or family member
– Speak with your General Practitioner
– Visit a counsellor or psychologist
– Contact Victims of Crime NT to discuss how the crime has affected you and to form a recovery plan

Be Active
– Exercise, though not excessively, and alternate with periods of rest
– Spend time outdoors

Eat Well
– Eat regular, healthy meals
– Avoid substance use

Make Time for Joy
– Make time for your hobbies and do things that you enjoy
– Try a new activity and connect with others

– Practice Relaxation Techniques
– Try meditation, mindfulness or grounding
– Focus on deep breathing, muscle relaxation exercises or yoga

Be Kind to Yourself
– Take time for yourself and recognise that what you are feeling is normal
– Be kind and gentle with yourself