Physical violence is one of the most common forms of trauma experienced by the general population. The impact of violent crime is devastating to victims, their family members, loved ones, and the community.
Although there may never truly be closure or a return to normality for victims and their loved ones, it is critical to help them access the services they need and understand and assert their rights if they are to regain a sense of control. The services and support of victim advocates are important, but victims also need a coordinated effort from multiple disciplines to ensure that they understand and have access to their rights, services, and compensation to which they are entitled.
The following organizations, publications, and related resources provide additional information on physical assault.