Vicarious Trauma: The Hidden Cost of Digital Forensic Investigations

Reprinted from eForensics Magazine

With exposure to disturbing criminal images, both sustained over time and frequently intense in nature, digital forensic investigators face the risk of experiencing vicarious trauma (also known as second-hand trauma). In this article originally published in eForensics Magazine, Exterro FTK forensic evangelist Justin Tolman, a former forensic investigator for the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, explores the phenomenon of vicarious trauma through both professional and personal perspectives.

Download this article to learn:

  • How prolonged or intense exposure to traumatic images and evidence can affect forensic investigators
  • Signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma to watch for in yourself or colleagues and loved ones
  • Helpful tips to protect yourself or other forensic investigators from vicarious trauma

Vicarious Trauma: The Hidden Cost of Digital Forensic Investigations