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TAKING ACTION Supporting those who have experienced trauma. Rob Pineau White Rock RCMP Victim Services Coordinator. Who can be Traumatized. Any individual, anytime, anywhere Families, friends, colleagues Witnesses Communities where individual(s) impacted Cultures - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Victims Of Crime Week

TAKING ACTION Supporting those who have experienced traumaRob PineauWhite Rock RCMPVictim Services Coordinator

Who can be TraumatizedAny individual, anytime, anywhere

Families, friends, colleagues

Witnesses

Communities where individual(s) impacted

Cultures

Service Providers/Caregivers

Trauma and Victims of Crime Single Event may experiencea single traumatic event

Compounding/Chronic Events Event adds to past trauma, i.e.family violence, historical abuse, grief, or major life or work changes

Impact of trauma - will depend on factors such as duration/frequency, relation to person causing trauma, age

Aftermath of Traumatic EventPhysical ReactionsFight/Flight/Freeze responseSleeping/eating disruptionsCognitive ReactionsConfusion, tunnel vision, brain fogIntrusive thoughts/imagesEmotional ReactionsGuilt, anxiety, denial, anger.Grief, sorrow, frustration, shame.

What Can You Do?Assist the person by focusing on:

Respect and trust

Promote safety physical and emotional

Strengths based perspective

Empathy and being non-judgemental

Validate difficult emotions

Remember, what happened to them was bad, they are not a bad person

What Can You Do?Guide them to relevant information

Report or seek assistance from service providers

Sense of control in their lives

Self-care and return to routines

Be with them, rather than do for/to them

Encourage professional support where trauma reactions interfere with ability to cope effectively in daily living

6Resources911 for emergency services

VictimLink 1-800-563-0808

Police-based Help for Victims of Crime and Trauma Victims of all types of crime and trauma are assisted by more than 90 police-based victim services programs located in RCMP detachments and municipal police departments throughout B.C. Call local detachment non-emergency, VictimLink or White Rock Victim Services 778-593-3608

Community-based Help for Victims of Family and Sexual ViolenceB.C. has more than 60 community-based programs located throughout the province that assist victims of family and sexual violence. Community-based victim service programs are available whether or not the victim has reported the crime to police. Call VictimLink for agencies available in your area.

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