Posted on31. May 2022, 20:33
After a brutal attack on a family in Jonen, the psychologist explains what support the victims now need.
Police are looking for two men who attacked a family in Jonen AG.
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According to psychotherapist Felix Hof, such events are very traumatic for the people involved.
Only recently, unknown and masked men attacked and robbed a family in Oberengstringen ZH.
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Two men last week mugged a family at home in Jonen AG and tied up three people aged 20, 26 and 73. According to the Aargau canton police, one of the perpetrators was armed with a pistol. When the doorbell rang, the men ran away with the jewelry and money. Psychotherapist Felix Hof explains how such an incident could affect the lives of those affected.
Mr. Hof, what do you have to say about this incident?
Such events are very traumatic for the people involved. During an armed robbery, victims feel vulnerable and fear survival. Momentarily, her life takes a dramatic turn. Processing it is not easy.
How could such an event affect those affected?
The way affected people process the traumatic event and what strategies they choose varies from person to person and depends on factors such as age or past life situations. At best, victims are very resilient and go through life well. Often, however, such events are followed by long-term problems and post-traumatic stress disorder. They can have a strong impact on private and professional life. Diffuse anxiety and panic attacks are common in everyday life.
How can affected people be supported?
Any experiences in the daily life of those involved may raise memories of a seizure. Therefore, it is very important that the victims are not left alone right now. They need a lot of positive attention. It is important not to ask questions about the content of the event. Instead, you should give affected people space to communicate. This is because people need time to learn how to deal with a traumatic event. They go through a sort of organizational phase. The questions can evoke moments that have not yet been thought out and processed.
Are you or Has someone you know suffered a trauma?
are you or is someone you know affected by sexual, domestic, psychological or other violence?
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