Helpful Things to Know, Do and Say
Crime can impact a person in a number of ways. Surviving crime can cause challenges with trust, closeness, and communication. These challenges may change the way your loved one acts with other people, including people the survivor knows and loves. The way that you and other people respond to the survivor can have a big impact. Your interactions can help your loved one rebuild trust and closeness—or can push your loved one farther away.
Three important things to keep in mind are:
You should treat your loved one with respect and compassion.
You are not expected to “fix” what happened or provide therapy.
You can help your loved one by offering support. You can harm your loved one by judging him or her or trying to take control of his or her decisions.