Below is a list of coping strategies which victims of crime may find helpful:

  • Seek out support from others around you.
  • Talk about the traumatic experience.
  • Express emotions, such as crying.
  • Participate in physical activity, such as brisk walking or jogging.
  • Practice relaxation techniques, including stretching exercises, meditation and yoga.
  • Look at the funny side of things and laugh whenever possible.
  • Relax muscles, including taking a hot bath.
  • Involve yourself in creative and expressive activities, such as music and art.
  • Maintain a balanced diet.
  • Ensure that your sleep cycle remains as consistent as possible.
  • Avoid stimulants, such as nicotine and caffeine.
  • Try to do something personally meaningful each day.
  • Express positive emotions and behaviours towards those around you.
  • Consider doing something socially proactive.
  • Keep a journal of your trauma experience as well as after thoughts and feelings.

In order to heal from trauma victims need to grow and find meaning from their experience.

For victims of crime support and advice call 1800 000 055 or (03) 9415 9492 or go to or email:

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