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Coping After Terrorism for Survivors

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8 pages
This brochure provides information to help survivors of terrorism or mass violence cope in the aftermath.
This brochure offers information to help survivors of terrorism or mass violence understand how to cope with the after effects of a traumatic disaster. The first part of the publication describes typical reactions to traumatic disaster: shock and numbness, intense emotion, fear, guilt, anger and resentment, depression and loneliness, isolation, physical symptoms of distress, panic, inability to resume normal activity, and delayed reaction. Next, 17 practical coping ideas are offered. These are suggestions provided by previous victims and survivors of traumatic disasters to help survivors cope and begin to heal. Finally, the third section deals with finding help. It is suggested that most people find it beneficial to talk with a professional counselor who has worked with other crime survivors; even talking to other violent crime victims may be helpful for a new survivor. The message clearly states that it is not wise to wait if a survivor is experiencing emotional difficulties and that every person copes with tragedy in his or her own way. Contact information is provided for the FBI Office for Victim Assistance.

Date Published: January 1, 2009