Staff experiences of working in a Sexual Assault Referral Centre: the impacts and emotional tolls of working with traumatised people

Massey, Kristina, Horvath, Miranda A. H., Essafi, Shanaz and Majeed-Ariss, Rabiya (2019) Staff experiences of working in a Sexual Assault Referral Centre: the impacts and emotional tolls of working with traumatised people. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology . ISSN 1478-9949 (Published online first) (doi:10.1080/14789949.2019.1605615)

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Abstract

This study considers the impacts on staff of supporting people who have reported sexual violence and attend a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). This paper focuses on the staff’s perspectives of the stresses and emotional tolls they experience including the coping mechanisms they utilise. Semi- structured interviews were conducted with 12 staff, and a focus group was held with a further four staff of a SARC. The data were examined using thematic analysis. Findings indicated that staff experienced positive emotions connected to the meaningfulness of the work and team spirit as well as a range of unpleasant emotions. Staff also reported emotional numbing, in connection to the specificity, volume and sometimes unpredictable nature of the work. Coping mechanisms used by staff focused on the supportive connection to family, nature, and other team members; the value of clinical supervision; and the avoidance of topics related to work.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Forensic Psychology Research Group
Item ID: 26571
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology on 22/04/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14789949.2019.1605615
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Depositing User: Miranda Horvath
Date Deposited: 10 May 2019 15:15
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2019 13:49
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/26571

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