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Physical and Mental Health


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.

Victims of may suffer from mental health issues resulting from their victimization. Specifically, victims of a violent crime, such as assault and robbery, have reported feelings of distress, problems with work or school, and problems with family members and friends that include more arguments and an inability to trust them.

It is also critical to be aware of the mental health of victim service providers and first responders. Research shows that vicarious trauma, when left unaddressed, can lead to staff burnout, turnover, stress, and a lesser quality of services for victims. OVC’s Vicarious Trauma Toolkit offers guidance to help organizations strengthen their ability to address work-related exposure to trauma.

The following resources provide information on physical and mental health.

Information about PTSD and other mental health issues is available from the Sidran Institute. For additional information, visit the Physical and Mental Health section of our site.

Family members of homicide victims can find support groups in their area by contacting Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. and The Compassionate Friends.

For additional information, visit the Homicide Victims/Co-Survivors Topic page on website.

Date Created: May 28, 2020