Though crime can affect everyone differently, there are some certain effects that are commonly felt by people regardless of the nature of the crime. You may immediately feel strongly affected by what has happened or it may take some time. Everyone is different and there are no rules about what you ‘should’ feel and how you ‘should’ cope. Your reaction is personal and individual to you.
You may experience some, or all, of the following:
The Crime Victims Helpline is a listening and support service for victims of crime in Ireland. We provide time and space for victims to talk about their experiences. We also answer questions about the criminal justice system and help victims understand their rights.
If you or a friend or family member has been impacted by crime, there are a number of organization in Ireland who can help.