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Robbery is when someone takes something from you with violence or threats. Even if you are not physically hurt, it is a violent act because you have been threatened with violence or force has been used. It can be a frightening experience to be directly confronted by someone, especially if they have a weapon. Being robbed or having your property stolen or damaged is not your fault. Nothing you say or do gives anyone else the right to take or destroy your things.
How people react to robbery varies. However it has affected you, your feelings are likely to be a normal response to the shock and fear that robbery causes. You may find that you have no reaction straight afterwards, but later on you may start to feel strong emotions about it.
The effects can last a long time, and you may find that you are afraid of being in public or being a victim again. Many people find it very helpful to talk to someone. Every year our volunteers help many people who have been victims of robbery and you can talk to them in confidence. They are also trained to give you practical support and can give you information on Criminal injuries Compensation and the Criminal justice system.
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Page printed: 16 October 2019
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