Vicarious trauma and legal professionals

This Canadian Lawyer Magazine article discusses vicarious trauma among legal professionals (lawyers & judges) from handling difficult or traumatic cases. Great article, and looks like legal professionals may need more resources and practices to address vicarious trauma.


For many lawyers and judges (as well as jurors, courtroom personnel, and others), the violent, disturbing reality they witness inside and outside the courtroom as part of their profession can become debilitating. It can become vicarious trauma....Vicarious trauma, also called compassion fatigue, is a form of post-traumatic stress disorder.
— Donalee Moulton, "Vicarious trauma: the cumulative effects of caring", Canadian Lawyer Magazine