PTSD and cPTSD
Being a victim of a crime, or a trauma can produce overwhelming feelings within the individual who has experienced such events.
Increasingly victims of domestic abuse and sexual crimes are being diagnosed with either PTSD or cPTSD.
PTSD - Type I Trauma Single-incident trauma, e.g. a sudden and unexpected trauma, a single episode or experience of trauma. Lower risk of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder developing when compared with Type II trauma below.
c-PTSD - Type II trauma (Complex Trauma) this "usually involves a fundamental betrayal of trust in primary relationships". Often this is inter-personal trauma, carried out by a person known to the victim. It effects as many as 1 in 7 to 1 in 10 children and more often occurs in combination with other traumas or cumulatively (known as 'polyvictimization') which involves a higher risk of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder developing.