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Who is a victim?

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Who is a victim

Find out the definition of a victim and the impact of being victimized.

A victim is:

  • Someone whose personal rights have been violated by criminal, violent or aggressive acts;
  • Family and close friends of person(s) who have been injured or killed as a result of a serious accident;
  • Family and close friends of person(s) who have been injured or killed as a result of crime;
  • Someone who has viewed or been affected by a violent or traumatic incident;
  • Family and close friends of person(s) who have been injured or killed as a result of disaster or tragic circumstance

 

Victims may suffer from the shock of a crime or trauma for weeks, months or even years. Victims may suffer physical injury, financial loss, experience such emotions as anger, guilt, fright, confusion, helplessness and/or hopelessness. They may not know where to turn for help, which is why there are victim services.