Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Physical health issues can be painful reminders for crime victims. Victims may be seriously or permanently injured following a crime, and these injuries may prevent them from going to work or performing other day-to-day activities.
A homicide survivor or co-survivor is anyone who has been impacted by the death of a loved one by homicide. This includes a spouse, partner, children, siblings, and friends.
It is normal for adults and children to experience such intense feelings in the days and weeks following a homicide, and then periodically over time. Survivors are at risk of developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other problems. Support and counseling are often very helpful in managing these overwhelming emotions.
The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) was developed on the premise that exposure to the traumatic experiences of other people—known as vicarious trauma—is an inevitable occupational challenge for the fields of victim services, emergency medical services, fire services, law enforcement, and other allied professionals; however, organizations can mitigate the potentially negative effects of trauma exposure by becoming vicarious trauma-informed.
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The Center aims to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America's veterans through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders. This website provides educational resources about PTSD and other enduring consequences of traumatic stress.
This organization is dedicated to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals. Gift From Within provides survivors and caretakers with a peer support network and develops and disseminates educational materials.
The American Psychological Association offers information on posttraumatic stress disorder and a Disaster Response Network, which includes more than 1,500 psychologists who volunteer to provide free, onsite mental health services to disaster survivors and the relief workers who assist them.
The Gateway to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Information website provides resources and referrals to learn more about coping with traumatic stress.