In some workplaces employees can be exposed to secondary traumatisation. This is often referred to as Vicarious trauma. This is when you do not directly witness the trauma but you work with the trauma victims, are surrounded by trauma or violence regularly. This means that you absorb and integrate disturbing aspects of trauma experiences into your own functioning.
It is well recognised that social workers, healthcare professionals, first responders, police, solicitors and other allied healthcare professionals are at greater risk from vicarious trauma. However, we are now seeing other professionals significantly impacted by this type of trauma. Consequences may include burnout, compassion fatigue, anxiety and depression.