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Impact to the Individual

OVC has a variety of resources available to help individuals identify and respond to vicarious trauma, including self-paced trainings, webinars, and resources focused on self-care.

In addition to the resources below, individuals can apply for a Professional Development Scholarship to attend a vicarious trauma-focused conference or training. Go to the OVC Professional Development Scholarships page for more information about this program and how you can apply.

Organizations can also request free training and technical assistance (TTA) focused on ways to recognize and respond to negative vicarious trauma on individuals, including:

  • Training and Technical Assistance—OVC delivers tailored TTA to meet your organization's needs on various victimizations and crime and victim assistance topics, for example—
    • Understanding burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma in victim advocates
    • Healthy ways of responding to vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue
  • Standardized Training—Select a training from our catalog of topics. OVC will provide instructors, an onsite coordinator, instructor training materials, and a manual for each participant. See description of the OVC Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Trauma training below.
  • Speaker Support—OVC provides speakers for short general presentations at your event, including plenaries, panels, or victim impact presentations.

If your organization is interested in TTA, go to the "How We Can Help" page. You can also call 1–866–OVC–TTAC (1–866–682–8822) or send an email to to speak with a TTA specialist about requesting free TTA.

Request Training and Technical Assistance

Learn how to request training and technical assistance. Please call 1–866–682–8822 to speak with a TTA specialist prior to applying.

Resource Library

Search the Resource Library for materials on topics related to vicarious trauma.

Online Training

Access interactive training in a variety of subject areas. Programs are available to take on your own schedule, at your own pace, from your own computer.


Length: 1 hour


Covers the role of victim service providers in monitoring their own self-care and safety. Because of your work, you are susceptible to vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and other stress-related conditions. To remain effective in your job and helpful to victims, you must know the risk factors for developing these conditions, how to minimize them, and how to take care of yourself if you do experience a stress-related condition.

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If this is your first time using OVC TTAC's Learning Management System, click the "Create an account" link to register. Watch our orientation video for step-by-step instructions and helpful tips.


Organizations can gather a group of victim service and allied professionals in your area and arrange a meeting space. OVC will provide instructors, an onsite coordinator, and a manual for each participant.

Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Trauma

CEUs: 1.1 CEUs Length: 2 Days


This training will explore self-care techniques as well as strategies managers can use to help ensure balance and self-care for those that they supervise. By participating in case studies, role-playing, and other interactive exercises, you will learn how to recognize the symptoms of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma, develop resilience and healthy coping skills, and create a professional and personal care plan to minimize the risk of compassion fatigue in your work.
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The following webinars provide information related to vicarious trauma. Learn about upcoming webinars.

Addressing Vicarious Trauma for the Individual

Date: August 22, 2018Length: 1 hour


In this session, victim service providers discuss what contributes to vicarious trauma and learn how vicarious trauma is related to secondary traumatic stress.