Understanding Moral Injury In Police Online Child Sex Crime Investigators

Mark Doyle, Peter Lee, Vasileios Karagiannopoulos, Kit Tapson

Research output: Book/ReportScholarly edition

Abstract

Law enforcement professionals who investigate online child exploitation can be continually exposed to traumatising visual images in their jobs for significant periods – this puts them at risk of moral injury, PTSD, anxiety, depression and secondary trauma. While the latter terms are familiar to policymakers and professionals who work in this area, moral injury is a term that is less well known. This guide explains what is currently understood by the term moral injury and the causes and consequences of it for police investigators who work in this area. It is likely to be of interest to practitioners who investigate online child exploitation, as well as other professionals who support them. It also has relevance to those who may encounter traumatising imagery in other context.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCentre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST)
Commissioning bodyThe UK Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST)
Number of pages36
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2020

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