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