As responders to trauma and/or crime victimization, we have the great privilege to serve people who have just had some of the worst, if not the very worst, moments of their lives. They are often feeling a great deal of heartache and pain which can lead to all kinds of complicated feelings and behaviors. This space is incredibly difficult to navigate in a healthy way on several different levels- it truly requires compass rooted in ethics. Ethics are the values and principles that guide the parameters of service delivery through our decisions, actions, and frame of mind. They help us to have a positive, rather than negative, impact on the vulnerable people that we serve.
Further, we have to work towards creating systems, organizations, and relationships with partners and community members that are fueled by ethical standards. Finally, we have to recognize that ethics play an important role not only in our professional lives, but in how we are able to maintain a sense of holistic health and wellbeing in our personal lives.