Society of Vicarious Trauma: Let’s Look for Ways to Overcome It
Anyone who engages empathetically with survivors of torture or other traumatic incidents,
as well as material relating to their trauma, is potentially affected by what is called “vicarious trauma”, or secondary traumatization. Vicarious trauma is an occupational challenge for people working and volunteering in the fields of services for survivors of violence, law enforcement, emergency medical services, fire services, and other allied professions, due to their continuous exposure to survivors of trauma and violence. Ukraine today is a society of vicarious trauma. Not a single family was spared one sort of trauma or another, including but not limited to violence or torture, loss of relatives, friends, neighbors, and misfortunes for the society as a whole.