Tom Green County

Sheriff's Office, Crisis Intervention Unit

3005 North Chadbourne, San Angelo, Texas

(Next Door to the North Branch Library)

(325) 658-3921


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What is a Crisis?


Safety Plan

Family Violence

Sexual Assault

Date Rape Drugs

History of Family Violence

Crime Victim Rights Act

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.......a crisis is an interruption of an individual's normal life pattern, wherein the usual coping skills fail.  Crisis intervention is emotional first aid designed to help a person cope during difficult circumstances.

  • Accident
  • Natural Disaster
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Family Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Child Abuse
  • Elder Abuse
  • Suicide
  • Death


Trauma Reactions of Crime Victimization

Person gets thrown into a state of turmoil by stressor(s) of trauma.  Their state of equilibrium gets thrown off balance.

Physical Reactions:

  • Physical shock, numbness
  • Fight or flight instinct
  • Heart rate increases
  • Hyperventilation

Emotional Reactions:

  • Shock, disbelief, denial
  • Confusion
  • Feeling powerless
  • Anger or rage
  • Frustration
  • Guilt or self-blame
  • Shame and Humiliation
  • Grief or sorrow

Reconstruction of a new equilibrium is an emotional process resembling a roller-coaster ride.  Crisis intervention and supportive counseling help victims move to a new equilibrium more quickly.


Stress Reducers

  • Alternate physical exercise with periods of relaxation
  • Don't label yourself crazy--you are having normal reactions
  • Talk to people--it is healing
  • Keep a journal--write through sleepless nights
  • Eat well-balanced, regular meals
  • Don't abuse drugs or alcohol--it only complicates matters
Web Address: Send mail to C.I.U. Coordinator
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Last modified: December 17, 2017