Extreme violence comes with a price for everyone involved: the suspect, the victim, the families of both, and witnesses in close proximity. Whether you were directly injured, survived physically unharmed, witnessed the attack, or simply are related to someone involved, it’s important to understand what you may experience moving forward. This is a complex topic to fully understand, but a basic knowledge of what may be experienced is so essential.
You’re Not Alone – No one leaves a violent encounter unchanged. No one. The degree to which you are affected may differ person to person, but no one walks away unscathed. I truly believe this is important to note to give yourself permission to feel however it is that you feel. You may feel embarrassed or ashamed for being affected, and it’s important to know you’re not alone.
Everyone Responds Differently – Along these same lines, it’s important to…
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