With the recent launch of the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT), victim service organizations now have evidence-informed tools to address the impact of vicarious trauma on their staff and volunteers.
The VTT helps organizations become vicarious trauma-informed with these tools:
- Vicarious Trauma Organizational Readiness Guide (VT-ORG) is an evidence-informed survey tool your organization can use to assess strengths and gaps in five established areas of organizational health. A VT-ORG is available for each discipline (EMS, FIRE, LAW ENFORCEMENT, VICTIM SERVICES), for staff and/or leadership to complete. The results can then be compiled and used to identify gaps in vicarious trauma response and prioritize next steps to address them.
- Compendium of Resources contains nearly 500 tools that organizations can use to become more vicarious trauma-informed, including policies, practices, supporting research literature, training materials and links to websites, podcasts, and videos. The Compendium can be searched by organizational strategy, topic and discipline, so organizations can find appropriate tools for their agency to use to address their identified gaps.
The VTT project was funded through a grant by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime to Northeastern University’s Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice.
The Sexual Violence Research Initiative was a partner in this collaborative effort that included experts across various disciplines from throughout the US. Other national partners included the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the National Association of State EMS Officials, the National Center for Victims of Crime and the National Children’s Advocacy Center. Local Boston-area partners were the Center for Violence Prevention & Recovery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.
View more resources here