Victoria Police Supportlink Project

The Victoria Police SupportLink Project is a computer-based program system to assist police to make referrals to social support service to assist victims of crime in receiving assistance. In 2010 only about 15% of all eligible victims of crime made a claim through Crimes Compensation in Victoria. What this means is that some 85% of victims  of crime,…

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Risk Factors for Developing PTSD Post Trauma

You are more likely to develop PTSD if you have been directly exposed to the trauma, seriously hurt, the trauma was long-lasting or very severe, believed you were in extreme danger or were going to die, had a severe reaction such shaking, vomiting or feeling separated from your surroundings and felt helpless. Other factors contributing to the…

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Trauma, Compensation and Recovery

European research has shown that one in two victims applying for state compensation many years later and following settlement still maintain symptoms of post traumatic stress. Considerations for recovery are: 1. The act of violence itself. 2. The relationship with the perpetrator. 3. Treatment. 4. Outcomes of criminal and/or compensation processes. This study shows that…

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Victims of Crime – Seeking Help

Many people are victimized by crime and many crime victims have subsequent medical and mental health needs. The majority of crime victims neither report their crimes nor seek needed health care services after victimization. In Victoria there are currently around 40,000 victims of serious crime each year yet only around 6,000 seek support from government funded victims of crime…

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The impact on victims of crimes of the criminal justice system

  The criminal justice system can have both a positive and a negative impact on the mental health of victims of crime. The justice system by allowing victims to confront assailants with the damage that they have caused may hold the prospect of allowing them to come to terms with their experiences. Reaching a court settlement may be part of…

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Trauma and Nightmares

Nightmares are common for trauma survivors, and sometimes go on for months or years. Victims who develop Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and/or who have other mental health problems, are more likely experience nightmares. Nightmares after trauma often involve the same frightening elements of the trauma and about 50% are actual repeats of the trauma. Nightmares after trauma also…

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Victims of Crime Risk Factors for Developing PTSD

  PTSD in response to sexual assault range from 30 to 80% (depending on the type of sexual victimization). Rates of PTSD in response to physical assault range from 23 to 39%. Younger people are at increased risk of victimization, and, once victimized, are more likely to develop PTSD. Some forms of trauma such as rape, perceived life threat during…

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Victims Psychological Risks during Legal Processes

  For victims of crime involvement in the justice system may sometimes compound the original injury, known as a “re-victimization.”  Often the mental well-being of crime victims is diametrically opposed to the requirements of legal proceedings: Victims of crime need social acknowledgment and support; the court requires them to endure a public challenge to their credibility. Victims of crime need…

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