The Victims Of Crime And Crime Essay

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A victim is defined as a person who has suffered physical or emotional harm, property damage, or economic loss as a result of a crime. A victim can be out of abuse, domestic violence, rape, assault or theft which always leaves victims devastated and with all kinds of experiences. When someone becomes a crime victim, everyone is affected by the crime, either as a direct victim or a friend or family member of a victim. Even individuals who are not direct victims of crime can be negatively affected in a variety of ways, such as developing an increased fear of crime or experiencing the financial impact of crime (Desai, 2011).
While primary victims of crime might be identified easily, secondary victims such as family and clan members may not be so readily identifiable and may not receive needed services. Identifying services offered for neighborhoods and communities can be even more difficult. Another group affected by crime is first responders—the people who typically are first on the scene or first to respond to crime, including police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians (Wasserman & Ellis, (n.d.). Physically victims can suffer sudden sweating and/or heart palpitations (fluttering), aches and pains, changes in sleep patterns, appetite, increased use of alcohol or drugs, easily startled by noise or touch, susceptible to colds and illnesses and constipation or diarrhea. Emotionally they may experience shock, disbelief, denial, fear, anxiety,

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