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It takes courage to help child and adult victims of sexual abuse, assist survivors of acts of terrorism and mass violence, fight fires that may have taken people's lives, or respond to shootings and other crime scenes. It also takes commitment to do this work despite the personal, physical, emotional, and mental impact it can have.

The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) was developed on the premise that exposure to the traumatic experiences of other people—known as vicarious trauma—is an inevitable occupational challenge for the fields of victim services, emergency medical services, fire services, law enforcement, and other allied professionals; however, organizations can mitigate the potentially negative effects of trauma exposure by becoming vicarious trauma-informed.

The VTT includes tools and resources tailored specifically to these fields that provide the knowledge and skills necessary for organizations to address the vicarious trauma needs of their staff. To begin exploring the VTT, select one of the disciplines below and visit the comprehensive Compendium of Resources.

Victim ServicesEMSFire ServicesLaw Enforcement




The Vicarious Trauma–Organizational Readiness Guide (VT–ORG) is an assessment and navigation tool that you can use to build capacity in five key areas of organizational health.

Compendium of Resources

Search over 500 listings in the Compendium of Resources to become more vicarious trauma-informed.

Creating a Vicarious Trauma-Informed Organization: Strategies for Success

Learn from experts Dr. Beth Molnar, Northeastern University, and Karen Kalergis, Northeastern University Consultant, as they provide an overview of the VTT and how to use the toolkit to help your organization become trauma-informed in this recorded webinar.

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Addressing Vicarious Trauma in Victim Service Professionals



Addressing Vicarious Trauma in First Responders