Support for victims of Crime

In times like these when many schemes have crashed or are crashing, many people needs support. Dr Leahcim Semaj is advising ‘investors’ who lost their money to not only seek financial counselling, but to make a special effort to get professional psychological help. Here is a quote from the article

According to Semaj, people should invest no more than 30 per cent of their assets in high-risk funds, and when people violate this rule, there is stress. “When it looks like they will be losing those monies, the stress is now seen because the chance of them being able to make back that money is between slim and none. So, the real issue is just accepting any kind of loss,” he advised.

The following is taken from the Crimes of Persuasion Website. These are some of the general, non-therapeutic services that you can provide to lessen or acknowledge the emotional distress of fraud victims:
  1. Expressing sorrow that the crime happened and asking how you can help, 
  2. Pay close attention to signs of psychological trauma, including words, statements, or physical descriptors that imply hopelessness or depression, 
  3. Where appropriate, provide referrals to mental health providers, spiritual counselors, other human service agencies, or support groups, especially those sensitive to the needs of fraud victims,
  4. Inquire about any specific fears or concerns victims may have about participation in the justice process, paying special attention to victims who are especially fearful that criminal justice participation may result in the disclosure of the crime to family, friends, professional colleagues, clients, or employers,
  5. Provide information to reduce the chances of re-victimization.
For more information visit:
  • http://www.crimes-of-persuasion.com/Victims/support.htm
  • Here is a list of different support groups scattered around the world
    http://www.vaonline.org/#quick
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