Vicarious trauma: 1 in 3 Interpreters Stops Taking Assignments

A recent survey by Nimdzi revealed that almost 35 percent, or every third interpreter, had to either leave the profession, take a prolonged leave of absence, or stop taking certain assignments due to their struggle with vicarious trauma.

Source: Nimdzi Insights

That’s a third more than it should be.

Vicarious trauma happens when we internalize someone else’s trauma and experience it as if it were our own. Given the setting in which they work, interpreters are at high risk of experiencing vicarious trauma. 

In the same survey, 72.6 percent of interpreters stated that they experienced vicarious trauma at least once throughout their career. 47.9 percent even indicated that it had happened to them several times.

Source: Nimdzi Insights

These results show that vicarious trauma can have a serious impact on the interpreting industry. It’s time to recognize the issue and help combat it.

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