Week 5: Effects of victimisation


In this week we will be focusing on the needs of victims – including physical, emotional, social, financial – and taking a look at some of the organisations which support them.




What are the effects of victimisation?

Physical consequences

  • Immediate injuries
  • Injuries that leave visible scars
  • Unknown long-term physical injuries
  • Long term catastrophic injuries

Mental consequences

  • Crisis (Lindemann)
    • The impact stage
    • The recoil stage
    • The reorganisation stage
  • Acute stress disorder
  • Post traumatic stress disorder

(Don’t forget, support workers may also be impacted when they are working with victims of crime.)

Negative social consequences

  • Isolation
  • Victim blame

Financial consequences

  • Tangible losses
  • Intangible losses

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) provides compensation for some victims who have been physically injured. Take a look at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/criminal-injuries-compensation-authority for details.

Sources of information and help for victims

Victim Support is internationally recognised as the oldest and largest charity giving free and confidential help to people affected by crime. It also speaks out as a national voice for victims and witnesses and campaign for change.

Below is a list of some other charities that work with victims of crime.

  • Beatbullying
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Crimestoppers
  • Cruse Bereavement Care
  • NAPAC (National Association for People Abused in Childhood)
  • Rape Crisis
  • Rethink Mental Illness
  • Refuge
  • Shelter
  • Survivors UK
  • Women’s Aid

Gaps in service

Organisations working with victims will sometimes need to refer victims to other agencies, and data sharing/ multi agency working is exceedingly difficult to get right, even when there is a will to collaborate.

Limited support available due to (for example) funding, space, volunteer availability

Some services are available for most victims, but these may not always be as useful or appropriate as possible.

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You may also access the slides directly here.

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