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Trauma is something more people have become familiar with over the past while.  You see the word used in advertising, articles, people use it when trying to describe an event or feelings.  As a general rule, being traumatized by an event and being victimized by an event are not the same thing.  You can be a victim without being traumatized.  Trauma is directly related to perception (among other things).  For example; if a person feels like they were somehow responsible for what happened; like they should have been able to prevent it; that they should have seen it coming; or that they should have been able to protect themselves or others they are more likely to feel traumatized by what has occurred.

As a general rule, it can take up to 6 weeks (and in some cases longer) before your brain and body seem like they’re back to normal and functioning properly for a one time event.

On this resource page are a list of publications and links to provide you with information on trauma.  Some of the links are to our own work and some are to other community groups.   

For further information about this topic, please email info@victimserviceslanark.ca

Have you been a victim of crime

Guide for traumatic event

For service providers – the Trauma Toolkit

For care givers – Helping Traumatized Children

For care givers – Parenting A Child Who Has Experienced Trauma

First Aid for Emotional Trauma

Navigating the Canadian Justice System

Empowerment Toolkit

Victim Services Ontario  

Blog posts on Trauma

National Child Traumatic Stress Network  

Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime

Ministry Listing of Victim Services  

Suicide prevention

Media Guide

Distress Line

Mental Health Crisis Line

Victim Support Line

211 Information on Trauma Resources

Homicide survivors, dealing with grief 
www.flipsnack.com/ cdvsca/homicide-survivors- dealing-with-grief.html