Type of Culminating Activity

Graduate Student Project

Graduation Date


Degree Title

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice


Criminal Justice

Major Advisor

Lisa Bostaph


Working with cases involving crimes against children requires individuals to be directly and indirectly exposed to graphic material including images, videos, and statements made by child victims. Exposure to traumatic events can have a profound and lasting effect on everyone who is directly and indirectly involved. Because of this, helping professionals who have extended exposure to traumatized populations are more susceptible to psychological distress. Through an exhaustive review of the literature, this paper identifies the prevalence of compassion fatigue, burnout, compassion satisfaction among forensic interviewers and professionals working with cases involving crimes against children. The utilization of self-care methods from each population was also examined. This paper adds to the dearth of information regarding these subgroups of law enforcement officials and mental health professionals. In addition, suggestions for future studies along with recommendations for current practices are identified.