Behavioral Evidence :
how did victim & offender act after the event?
— normal behavior? Delay, inconsistent or incomplete statements, fear, depression, trying to normalize life (cheerful, contact w/ offender, dating); denial, rationalization
— changes in activity, eating, work performance
— offender change in relationship to victim (if any relationship before crime)
— “strange” behavior likely to support report of crime (why would she suddenly act like that?) –
sleep problems; hypervigilance; outbursts of anger; unusual irritability; exaggerated startle
response; inability to recall details of the event. NOTE: all of these are listed as possible
symptoms of PTSD in DSM IV-R.