U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). (2017). Vicarious Trauma Toolkit.
OVC recognized that professionals’ response to crime victims can either set a path forward to healing or be re-traumatizing and professionals themselves can be traumatized by these events. The toolkit was developed on the premise that exposure to the traumatic experiences of other people—vicarious trauma—is an inevitable occupational challenge for those helping victims. This publication includes tools and resources to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for organizations to address the vicarious trauma needs of their staff.