Secondary Trauma

Secondary trauma results from a secondary exposure to trauma such as listening to someone re-telling their trauma, debriefing colleagues, reading case files, sitting in court hearing graphic testimony, or watching vivid videos. This can lead to PTSD-like symptoms such as nightmares or intrusive thoughts about the traumatic event, avoidance, tension, irritability, insomnia, and emotional numbing. When someone experiences secondary trauma at work, they may be at a higher risk of experiencing sanctuary trauma as well.

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