Robberies and thefts can be extremely violating experiences. Theft occurs when a personís possessions or ideas are stolen when they are not present. Robbery, however, occurs in the presence of the victim, usually physically involves the victim, and often involves a weapon. A mugging is a good example of a robbery.
Robberies vary in the amount of property stolen and the amount of physical force used. Someone who is robbed may be threatened, held at gun or knife point, beaten, assaulted with a weapon, etc. Robberies, because they are physically threatening and usually involve the victim fearing for her/his life, may result in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Victims of robberies may experience increased anger or irritability, fear that they are not safe in their environment, increased watchfulnes of their environment, avoidance of people or places who remind them of the robbery, and many other PTSD symptoms. Counselors at the Center for Traumatic Stress Research can help survivors of robberies overcome the symptoms of PTSD.
Other resources available on the web include:
National Center for PTSD (NCP)