You’re not to blame for any of these situations, and it’s understandable that issues like these and many others could have an impact on your school life and your school work, or affect your involvement with other clubs or teams. But in many cases, trying to get back to ‘normal’ – or at least, being able to do the things you like doing – is an important part of coping and recovering from being a victim of crime.
Whatever your situation, there are things you can do to make sure that your school and social life don’t suffer because you are a victim of crime. The first step will often be to talk about what’s happened to an adult who you trust – maybe a parent, a teacher, a school nurse or youth counsellor – and ask for their help.
If you can, talk to your parents or another adult relative, your teacher or youth worker about the situation. You can also talk to Victim Support to find out what local services there are near you, or speak to someone at the Supportline on 08 08 16 89 111 about how to cope with the effects of crime.
Your Victim Support supporter can talk to your school, and help you to negotiate extensions to any deadlines or reduce timetables so that you don’t fall behind with your school work. They can help you to put together your safety plan, which will make sure you stay safe in the future. They will also be able to talk to your school to explain that you may need time off in the future, if you have to go to court as a witness.