Vicarious Traumatization and Burnout among Service Providers for Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation Article

Helpingstine, C, Kenny, MC, Malik, F. (2021). Vicarious Traumatization and Burnout among Service Providers for Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation . JOURNAL OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, 30(6), 722-745. 10.1080/10538712.2021.1938771

cited authors

  • Helpingstine, C; Kenny, MC; Malik, F

abstract

  • Victims of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) are in need of multiple community services to aid in their recovery. Service providers are critical to ensuring these victims receive needed treatment. Given the complex trauma of these victims and the necessity of long-term treatment, these service professionals may experience vicarious trauma (VT) and burnout. This qualitative study interviewed 12 professionals who have provided direct services to victims of CSE about their experiences. They had on average about 8¬†years of experience and three were survivors of CSE. Almost all reported instances of burnout and VT but also had strategies for the prevention of such experiences. Most participants reported experiences of VT and burnout are inevitable when working with this population, but self-care strategies and peer support are essential to combatting these negative experiences. These results can inform agencies that provide services to victims of CSE so as to ensure their staff stay healthy and avoid burnout.

publication date

  • January 1, 2021

published in

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 722

end page

  • 745

volume

  • 30

issue

  • 6