Being a victim of a violent crime can evoke many different emotions and affect your daily life. Everyone responds differently to trauma. While some children are able to recover within a few months, for many the psychological effects may be long term.
People suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) often experience persistent nightmares or “flashbacks” or feel numb and may have difficulty responding to normal or average life situations. They may become depressed, have angry outbursts, or have difficulty sleeping. Those children affected directly by the crime are not the only ones at risk – these events typically effect the entire family. Family members of the victim are often in need of counseling and support as well.
How We Can Help You
The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey is able to offer free confidential counseling to adults and children in our Mercer and Ocean County offices. Eligible victims must be referred by the Victims of Crime Compensation Office prior to beginning treatment. Our licensed and trained clinicians are experienced with trauma counseling and are here for you.
Services can be accessed through us, through the Department of Children and Families under contracts with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP), and through Womanspace.
Tel (609) 802-5213
Tel: (609) 695-6274 Ext. 171