How do I manage my stress after experiencing a crime?

Are you feeling anxious, stressed or worried after experiencing a crime? You’re not alone.

Experiencing a crime can disrupt your normal day-to-day life and sometimes it can take a while to feel like you’ve got that normality back again.

Not only that, but experiencing a crime means you might experience a lot of complex emotions which can be distressing for a number of reasons.

We support people so they can cope, recover and thrive. You can call us or email for support today. But if you’re not quite ready, we’ve also put together our top 4 tips for managing your stress after a crime.

Download our free support app

Our free Voice Support App has tips and advice for your mental and physical wellbeing, but more than that, it offers support when you might not be ready to talk to someone.

From breathing techniques to meals tips and exercise suggestions, simply download it for free here: and use it whenever you feel like you need help.

Find something that helps you relax

From meditation to journaling, high intensity workouts to yoga, find something that get focuses your mind and lets you relax.

Make time for whatever you choose and make it part of your routine.

What works for one person, might not work for another and it’s important you give yourself time to enjoy doing something just for you.

Keep a checklist

After experiencing a crime, you might find you need to do quite a bit such as speaking to the police and potentially calling insurance companies.

It helps to have a checklist handy so you can keep track of where everything is up to.

Don’t be hard on yourself

Crime affects everyone differently.

While most of the time the severe levels of stress are short-lived, they can go on to form PTSD and other physical and mental symptoms.

Things to look out for are:

  • Disrupted sleep
  • Feeling unwell
  • Fatigue
  • Change in appetite


We’re here whenever you’re ready. Our emotional and practical support can help support your stresses and anxieties.

If you have been affected by crime or experienced conflict or antisocial behaviour and would like support, you can contact us by phone or email using the details below:

Call: 0300 303 1965