Physical Assaults and Other Crimes
Any type of crime can be violating and frightening. Physical assaults and other crimes are often surprising, terrifying, unpredictable, and may result in physical harm to the victim. Physical assaults can include beating, shooting, stabbing, carjacking, or otherwise physically harming the victim. The assailant can be a stranger, however, just like most other types of crimes, assailants are often known to the victim. Other crimes which may result in feelings of violation or fear include theft, destruction of property, bombings, arson, stalking, terroristic threatening, telephone or in vivo harassment, slander, and more.
Victims of physical assaults and other crimes may develop symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Such symptoms could include difficulty sleeping, avoidance of anything associated with the crime, flashbacks of the event, increased startle response, etc. The Center for Traumatic Stress Research can help survivors of physical assaults and other crimes recover from PTSD and evaluate their beliefs in the areas of trust, safety, power/control, esteem, and self-efficacy.
Other resources available on the web include:
Essential Information on Abuse, Assault, Rape, and Domestic Violence
National Center for PTSD (NCP)