Victim Witness Services provides after-care services and programs for victims seeking long-term support. Services include:

  • Case Management

  • Periodic check-in based on client's needs, which can continue until a client is ready for us to stop

  • Education on long-term and impactful counseling services

  • Assistance with collateral victims (friends, family, partners, house mates, co-workers).

  • Domestic Violence Support Group

  • Educational Children’s Group (age appropriate for children accompanying a parent who is attending the Domestic Violence Support Group)

 

 

 

 

Remember You Deserve to Be Kind to Yourself:

Taking time to practice self-care  every day, even if it is only for a few minutes, really creates space for peace and emotional safety. It’s healthy to give yourself emotional breaks and step back from your situation sometimes. This can help you make the decisions that are best for you. When you are able to take time and be kind to yourself, you can notice a shift toward a better sense of well-being.

 

 

The Importance of After Care

 

After a traumatic experience, it is possible to develop PTSD:

 

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment can help a person regain normalcy in their life after a trauma or traumatic event. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that occurs after a person experiences a traumatic event. Everyone copes differently to a traumatic event such as violence, war, or a natural disaster; what may cause PTSD in one person may not cause it in another. PTSD symptoms may also vary from one person to the next depending on the impact of the trauma. PTSD treatment can be effective for people at all stages of the continuum, from mild to severe. Some people have higher risk factors than others for developing PTSD. These risk factors do not impact the value and effectiveness of treatment.

 

Signs of PTSD:

  • Recurring memories or images that are intrusive and interrupt life

  • Recurring nightmares about the event

  • Flashbacks and hallucinations

  • Intense anxiety whenever you hear about a similar event

  • Avoidance of any feelings or thoughts concerning the event

  • Avoidance of any activities or situations that would remind you of the event

  • Preoccupation with the death many months after it occurred

  • Over-idealization of the deceased and of your relationship that continue for too long a time and too intensely

  • Lack of recall; blank spots in your memory

  • A significant decrease in your interest in normal activities either at home, work  or at school

  • Depression combined with increased feelings of sadness, loneliness, and hopelessness

  • Detachment and withdrawal from your friends and family

  • Feelings of survivor guilt mixed with self destructive behavior

  • Inability to experience emotions, to feel happy, or to love anyone

  • Avoidance of close relationships out of fear that you will be left alone again

  • Being overwhelmed with emotions, feeling tense, angry, scared and out of control

  • Feeling that you have no future, no ability to date, marry or have a career

  • Problems with alcohol and/or other drugs

  • New problems such as falling asleep, difficulty in staying asleep, sleeping too much

  • Irritability or outburst of anger directed at your family, friends, teachers, boss, drivers on the road

  • Difficulty in concentrating on things you usually enjoy, such as music, reading, sports

  • Being easily startled, jumping at any unusual or loud noise

  • Experiencing cold sweats, rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, or other physical symptoms whenever you are reminded of the death.

    -adapted from Helen Fitzgerald, The Grieving Teen 

 

Victim Witness Services advocates for a holistic, wrap-around and collaborative response to PTSD.  In our experience, clients who receive support services, including counseling, regular check-ins with their advocate, participation in some sort of physical activity, and strengthening of ties with friends and family, are more likely to begin to regain normalcy.

 


Do you or someone you know need After-Care? 
Call Victim Witness Services at 928.679.7770 or email victimwitness@coconino.az.gov