Trauma from Cybercrime
Across the United States, cybercrime is the fastest growing crime in the nation, with some
numbers indicating a cyberattack occurs every 39 seconds
While cybercrime itself is a broad term that involves the use of a computer and/or the internet to “threaten the physical or financial security of a business, an individual, or a group of people” there are many familiar subcategories such as identity theft, imposter crimes, romance scams, and rising cases of sextortion (Times, 2018).
Human factors are a central component of cybersecurity as individual behaviors, personality traits, online activities, and attitudes toward technology impact vulnerability. The pandemic has only increased the risk of becoming a victim of cybercrimes and the potential aftermath of cybercrime on mental health. In addition to experiencing long-term financial consequences, victims often experience negative effects on their mental health, physical health and personal relationships.
Common feelings & symptoms can include:
- Lack of control
- Negative appraisal of self
- Reduced self-esteem and confidence
- Perceiving self as a failure or weak
- Difficulty focusing or feeling scattered
- Social withdrawal
- Self-injurious behavior
- Suicidal thoughts
How Give an Hour Helps
Trauma Informed Peer Support (TIPS): Give an Hour’s peer support program is an evidence-informed and customizable training program designed specifically for those affected by trauma. Peer support is the process of giving and receiving encouragement and assistance to achieve long-term resilience and recovery. Supporters offer emotional support, share knowledge, teach skills, provide practical assistance, and connect people with resources, opportunities, and communities of support. Peer support is not therapy. While peer supporters have been trained and are being supported by a team of mental health professionals, peer supporters are not licensed, mental health clinicians.
Training & Education
- For licensed mental health professionals, trainings inform practitioners on interventions and methodologies that are effective in working with victims of financial fraud
- For allies and family members, online learning opportunities will help those who are supporting victims of cybercrime