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Self-Care as Self-Preservation:
Understanding Vicarious Trauma & Enhancing Support for Providers

Survivors of intimate partner violence experience myriad forms of trauma, including physical, psychological, and sexual violence, poor treatment by systems, and racism. Domestic violence legal practitioners are steeped in trauma, yet often do not realize they are experiencing vicarious trauma until they exhibit symptoms. This panel defines trauma and vicarious trauma, identifies the ways practitioners experience and express them, discusses the need for institutional support, and brainstorms individual and peer support strategies.


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