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TAKING ACTION Supporting those who have experienced trauma Rob Pineau White Rock RCMP Victim Services Coordinator.

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1 TAKING ACTION Supporting those who have experienced trauma Rob Pineau White Rock RCMP Victim Services Coordinator

2 Who can be Traumatized Any individual, anytime, anywhere Families, friends, colleagues Witnesses Communities where individual(s) impacted Cultures Service Providers/Caregivers

3 Trauma and Victims of Crime Single Event – may experience a single traumatic event Compounding/Chronic Events – Event adds to past trauma, i.e. family violence, historical abuse, grief, or major life or work changes Impact of trauma - will depend on factors such as duration/frequency, relation to person causing trauma, age

4 Aftermath of Traumatic Event Physical Reactions  Fight/Flight/Freeze response  Sleeping/eating disruptions  Cognitive Reactions  Confusion, tunnel vision, brain ‘fog’  Intrusive thoughts/images  Emotional Reactions  Guilt, anxiety, denial, anger….  Grief, sorrow, frustration, shame….

5 What Can You Do? Assist the person by focusing on: 1. Respect and trust 2. Promote safety – physical and emotional 3. Strengths based perspective 4. Empathy and being non-judgemental 5. Validate difficult emotions Remember, what happened to them was bad, they are not a bad person

6 What Can You Do? 6. Guide them to relevant information 7. Report or seek assistance from service providers 8. Sense of control in their lives 9. Self-care and return to ‘routines’ 10. Be with them, rather than “do” for/to them Encourage professional support where trauma reactions interfere with ability to cope effectively in daily living

7 Resources 911 for emergency services VictimLink Police-based Help for Victims of Crime and Trauma – Victims of all types of crime and trauma are assisted by more than 90 police-based victim services programs located in RCMP detachments and municipal police departments throughout B.C. – Call local detachment non-emergency, VictimLink or White Rock Victim Services – Community-based Help for Victims of Family and Sexual Violence B.C. has more than 60 community-based programs located throughout the province that assist victims of family and sexual violence. Community-based victim service programs are available whether or not the victim has reported the crime to police. Call VictimLink for agencies available in your area.


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