The Lived Experience of Support Staff Working with Homicide Survivors
Illinois Criminal Justice Authority, Center for Justice Research and Evaluation
Social service workers with lived experience can be valuable assets to those experiencing the loss of a loved one to homicide. Researchers examined interview data gathered from a Chicago homicide survivor service agency evaluation and found workers who had previously experienced the homicide of a loved one brought many benefits to helping clients. However, the data also showed providing services to this population put the workers at high risk for burnout and vicarious trauma.