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TAKING ACTION Supporting those who have experienced trauma. Rob Pineau White Rock RCMP Victim Services Coordinator. Who can be Traumatized. Any individual, anytime, anywhere Families, friends, colleagues Witnesses Communities where individual(s) impacted Cultures

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Taking action supporting those who have experienced trauma

TAKING ACTIONSupporting those who have experienced trauma

Rob Pineau

White Rock RCMP

Victim Services Coordinator


Who can be traumatized

Who can be Traumatized

  • Any individual, anytime, anywhere

  • Families, friends, colleagues

  • Witnesses

  • Communities where individual(s) impacted

  • Cultures

  • Service Providers/Caregivers


Trauma and victims of crime

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


Aftermath of traumatic event

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….


What can you do

What Can You Do?

Assist the person by focusing on:

  • Respect and trust

  • Promote safety – physical and emotional

  • Strengths based perspective

  • Empathy and being non-judgemental

  • Validate difficult emotions

    Remember, what happened to them was bad, they are not a bad person


What can you do1

What Can You Do?

  • Guide them to relevant information

  • Report or seek assistance from service providers

  • Sense of control in their lives

  • Self-care and return to ‘routines’

  • Be with them, rather than “do” for/to them

    Encourage professional support where trauma reactions interfere with ability to cope effectively in daily living


Resources

Resources

  • 911 for emergency services

  • VictimLink1-800-563-0808

  • 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 – 778-593-3608

  • 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 VictimLinkfor agencies available in your area.


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