Vicarious trauma is an occupational challenge for people working and volunteering to help victims of crime, due to their continuous exposure to victims of trauma and violence.
In 2017, OVC launched The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) to help organizations strengthen their ability to address work-related exposure to trauma. Informed by research and lessons learned, OVC has announced the release of the VTT Blueprint for a Vicarious Trauma-Informed Organization. Created by and for the field, this step-by-step guide provides additional tools and technical assistance to help organizations begin the process of becoming more trauma-informed.
Access the new VTT component, Blueprint for a Vicarious Trauma-Informed Organization, to get started. The blueprint includes four steps to help guide you:
- Lay the foundation for success. Obtain buy-in from organizational leadership and designate staff to lead the effort.
- Assess current organizational capacity for addressing vicarious trauma. Conduct an organizational assessment using sample scoresheets. This step also features a sample report to help communicate your findings.
- Determine priorities and develop an action plan. Learn how to identify priorities, communicate the action plan with staff, and monitor progress.
- Explore the VTT for resources to implement your action plan. Use the priorities and tasks in your action plan to help address the needs of your staff.