A victim of crime is anyone who has suffered physical, moral or emotional distress, or material loss as a direct result of a criminal offence, as well as any family members and friends who may also have been affected.
Being a victim of crime may have a number of negative consequences:
injuries or other physical problems, psychological reactions, financial losses or family, social and labour distress.
However, the intensity of the impact and the way it manifests itself vary from person to person and may be influenced by many different factors such as the type of crime and the circumstances in which it occurred, the relationship with the offender, the family and social situation of the victim and his/her personality traits.
Many victims manage to overcome the impact of being a victim on their own, while others need support to do so.
Here you will find a brief description of the consequences of crime, as well as of the emotional and behavioural reactions most common in those that are victims of crime. At APAV, we are available to listen and to help.