Recollections hard for victims - and professionals
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Posted by: Niki Bornes
Former ISPCAN President, Professor Kim Oates, recently wrote on the need to pay attention to compassion fatigue, an often overlooked affliction faced by professionals working with survivors of abuse and neglect.
"The royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse commences hearings on April 3.
The commissioners and those who work with them are going to
hear some extremely distressing stories of abuse. Some will be
gut-wrenching. Some will produce feelings of revulsion and disgust.
Some, even though true, will be hard to believe.
People who work in the area of child sex abuse know how
distressing these stories can be. It is recognised that professionals
who listen to and help victims of child sexual abuse are at risk of
themselves suffering from compassion fatigue, a form of significant
psychological distress including recurrent, intrusive recollections of
what the abuse victim has related to them."