Vicarious trauma refers to the detrimental impacts suffered by people
who are indirectly exposed to traumatic material. Workers are exposed to
traumatic material when they are deployed in disaster or combat zones, assist
others in emergencies, or witness or hear about incidents of abuse, violence,
torture, or neglect.
The only predictor of whether or not a person will experience vicarious
trauma is their exposure to traumatic material. This means that if people are
exposed to traumatic material as a product of their work, vicarious trauma is a
work, health and safety hazard.
that the number one Work Health & Safety (WH&S) injury for those
working with people who have experienced trauma is vicarious trauma. While
vicarious trauma is a considerable WH&S risk, it can be managed effectively - Vicarious Trauma Management.