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Coping with crime

Being a victim of crime can be tough. Everyone is an individual, so everyone is affected by crime in their own way, and different crimes can affect people differently too. For a lot of people experiencing a crime can be scary, upsetting, and shocking; it can make you feel afraid, angry, alone, and can affect every part of your life.

The impact of crime
It's important to remember whatever you're feeling is okay, that things can and will get better. There are a lot of people who can help you.
I don't feel like I'm coping
Being a victim of crime can be frightening and upsetting for anyone, so you are not alone if you're finding it difficult to cope.
How do I ask an adult for help?
It's important to choose the right person to talk to. You should feel safe and comfortable with them, so it might be someone who has helped you before.
How do I make safer choices?
Sometimes people behave in certain ways, or choose to do particular things, which can put them at a greater risk of becoming a victim.
I'm worried about a friend - what can I do?
You may be worried about a friend who is a victim of crime.
Young people's experiences
Watch and read about other young people's experiences to find out how they were affected by crime.
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