Victims Foundation is dedicated to serving the needs of survivors of violent crime through efforts to heal and become whole again, and improving public safety through best public policies & practices, to thereby prevent the creation of more victims.
The terms “victims” and “victims rights” are used by many special interest groups in the pursuit of their own (often political) agendas.
Universally, the most healthy understanding of “victims rights” is that every victim has the right to heal and become a whole person again. Acceptance and forgiveness is a healthy part of the healing process, although often the most difficult.
From that most basic understanding, everything beyond that goal (of healing) is a reflection of that group’s own self-serving agenda. A truly healing process should include restoring stability in daily functions, improving resiliency to cope with change, gaining insight into one’s capabilities and vulnerabilities, and releasing anger.
Politicians and special interest groups have historically used crime victims (and their personal suffering) to manipulate the outcome of public policy discussions and emotionally sway votes.
But it is important to the healing process that all expressions and actions stay focused upon the healing the victim, and constructively addressing that victim’s individual personal needs.
It is normal to feel hurt and angry after being victimized. But if that anger lingers, unresolved, and grows, then it can easily turn into a desire for vengeance. If that desire for vengeance that takes root, then it will prevent the victim from moving forward to heal.
Stresses like anger and the focus upon vengeance not only prevents the mental and physical healing process, but it adds on top of other stresses in that person”s life. ‘, ‘
Vengeance has a measurable negative impact upon a person’s health.
The practice of focusing upon harmful thoughts, and the body’s subsequent release of chemicals in response to anger (stress), sooner or later results in disrupted bodily functions, disease, and even cancer.
As victims of crime heal, they learn to let go of anger and vengeance, and instead focus upon having a positive mindset with constructive interactions.
These positive interactions are a critical part of healthy living.
Anyone who promotes vengeance over the focus upon individual personal healing, clearly does not have the best interest of the victim in mind.