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Resource Guide for Serving U.S. Citizens Victimized Abroad
Publication Date:  April 2008
Victim Services: An International Outlook
Responding to Victimization Abroad
Coordinating Victim Services
If the Victim Remains Abroad
If the Victim Returns to the United States
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Checklists for Assisting U.S. Citizens Victimized Abroad

If the Victim Returns to the United States

Emotional Support

Some victims report feelings of anxiety, fear, hypervigilance, guilt, anger, or isolation. Some experience difficulty making decisions, short-term memory problems, difficulty concentrating, or recurring memories of the crime. It is important to realize these are normal feelings, behaviors, and reactions to an abnormal event. For most victims, these reactions will diminish over time. If they continue and threaten to disrupt the victim's life, or become worse after several weeks, the victim should consider seeking professional assistance.


National Center for PTSD

National Domestic Violence Hotline
TTY: 800-787-3224

Sidran Institute