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Morran D (2008) Firing up and burning out: The personal and professional impact of working in domestic violence offender programmes, Probation Journal, 55 (2), pp. 139-152.
The term vicarious or secondary trauma describes the negative impact on professionals' emotions resulting from painful experiences in their practice. This study of practitioners involved in UK probation programmes for domestic violence perpetrators suggests that the emotional consequences are considerable and may differ for male and female practitioners, with potential implications for the nature of their relationships and intervention with men on such programmes. The study also concludes that current training is based on a knowledge base which may be outmoded, and that ongoing support from management and colleagues for staff engaged in this work is insufficient and may be preoccupied with managerial concerns to the neglect of professional practice.
domestic violence; perpetrator; probation; programme; vicarious; secondary trauma
Probation Journal: Volume 55, Issue 2