It takes tremendous courage for victim service providers, emergency medical services, fire services, law enforcement, and other allied professionals to respond to tragic events. It also takes commitment to do this work despite the personal, physical, emotional, and mental impact it can have.
Research shows that vicarious trauma, when left unaddressed, can lead to staff burnout, turnover, stress, and a lesser quality of services for victims.
Office for Victims of Crime‘s (OVC) Vicarious Trauma Toolkit is a repository of nearly 500 resources tailored specifically to these fields that provides the knowledge and skills necessary for organizations to address the vicarious trauma needs of their staff and promote resiliency.
This toolkit can be used to—
–conduct an assessment of your agency’s current capacity as a vicarious trauma-informed organization;
–review your existing capacity, identify gaps, and prioritize needs;
–locate resources and tools to help meet your identified needs; and
–develop a comprehensive plan to address exposure to single incidents of crime or violence and acts of mass violence and terrorism.