The effects of crime

Everyday in the papers we read about disturbing crimes affecting young people but it is difficult to get the actual picture of these incidents and the affects. Victim support is the independent charity which helps people to cope up with the effects of crime. Victim support also works to promote and advance the rights of victims and witnesses (2007).According to Victim Support young people have been the victim to crime. 

There are various kinds of crime i.e. Burglary, Rape, Physical attack, Theft of car, Theft from car, Mugging etc. According to BBC news the crime in Wolverhampton had increased (as stated by BBC news on September10, 2003) According to them about one-third victims were students. The reason why international students are main victims is becausefor they are easy targets. They are considered as the richest person over here i.e. richer than the local person because when they come from their country they have their own laptop, car, house and lots of money. That is why they are the targets. This in turn affects their mental stability and their studies at the same time.

According to Victim Support people react to crimes in many ways. Although most of the victims do not suffer for long time. But it does depend from person to person. Most of the victims describe their feelings as shock, upset, worry and fear. They may also be angry with the incident and loose confidence or experience guilt and depression.

If a person is a victim to burglary often expresses feelings of assault and they find it difficult to relax in their own house which is the safest place for them. They would find it difficult to believe that someone was intentionally trying to harm them and this feeling is much different from an accident or illness. (Victim Support, 2007)

Victims who have long lasting reaction are mainly suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is an Anxiety Disorder that usually occurs to victims who have been harmed physically or was threatened. (Victim support, 2007) In the year 1987, American Psychiatric Association (1987; p.250, in British Journal of Psychiatry) defined Post Traumatic Disorder as 'Sudden acting or feeling as if the traumatic event were recurring (includes a sense of reliving the experience, illusions, hallucination, and flashback episodes, even those that occur upon awakening or when intoxicated'.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is the product of indelible traumatic memory, which captures the events in the form of cinematic and photographic which is known as flashbacks. (Young, 2002; p.661-683, in British Journal of Psychiatry) Human possess a physiologically based information-processing system which, under regular situation, will naturally react and resolve small disturbances, however when a trauma occurs this system becomes imbalanced and the information is 'locked in the brain in the form of input'. (Shapiro, 1999; p.39-40, in EMDR for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

"People who have endured horrible events suffer predictable psychological harm. There is a spectrum of traumatic disorders, ranging from the effects of a single overwhelming event to the more complicated effects of prolonged and repeated abuse. Established diagnostic concepts, especially the severe personality disorders commonly diagnosed in women, have generally failed to recognize the impact of victimization". (Judith Herman, 1992, p.3, in Anne Jones.)

According to Judith Herman (1992) in her book "Trauma and Recovery", the ordinary response to the horrors that occur in our lives is to expel them from our consciousness. 

In my research I want to find out that do the students experience this and if they do then how do they deal with it because the information given by the Shapiro and Young is very disturbing. The victims may also be distress by the behaviour of the people around them and how they are being treated after the incident and then it is even worse for the victim, as they try to talk to someone about the incident and that person does not know what to say and this leads to depression and loneliness. (Victim Support, 2007)

The survey taken out by Victim support says that 61% victims said they were angry after the crime, 41% said they were upset after the crime, 30% said that they were shocked after the crime and 22% said that they were frightened after the crime. This survey was done basically to find out what the young people feel after being a victim to crime. This is linked to my research also because even I want to find out that how would the M.A.I.B. students in my class would react.

As mentioned earlier that my research topic is "Does Crime Affect the International Students in the University of Wolverhampton" because Wolverhampton was rated as the most crime affected city by BBC news and they also said that the main victims are the international students. Since I do not have much time so my research would be the International students who are doing M.A.I.B course in the University Of Wolverhampton.

There are lots of International students who are doing M.A.I.B course in the University of Wolverhampton and they are from different part of the world; I want to know their feeling and their ideas about this. I want to know whether they feel safe over here or whether they use to feel safe in their own country and before they came what were they thinking about this and what do they think now after coming here.

I am going to interview four international students who are doing M.A.I.B course in University of Wolverhampton. Out of these four students two are already a victim to crime. So I would like to know that what they are going through. I want to know that are they facing any problems after that and how do they think now about this. What impact has it brought to their daily life? The other two students are not a victim to crime but I would like to know that what they think about this. As their friends has been a victim to this dreadful incident of crime. I want to also know from the victims that how are the police behaving with them.