Moral Injury is the injury to a person's moral conscience. The result of betraying your personal moral code can become profound internal suffering. Although moral injury is usually associated with the military and veterans, it also affects sexual assault survivors, abuse victims, doctors, nurses. law enforcement officers, incarcerated people Alzheimer's caregivers and veterinarians. Volunteers of America's "The War Inside" discusses what moral injury is and how it affects people.
The War Inside
Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock
"Moral Injury is just a much more extreme condition in which your conscience is at war with you."
Named for Dr. Jonathan Shay, the Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America conducts research on and promotes deeper understanding of moral injury in the many populations who experience it. Through our education and training programs, we offer effective strategies and processes that support healing. Under the direction of Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D., the center builds on Volunteers of America's work, spanning more than a century, of helping veterans and others who live with the burden of moral injury.
Abiathar Carroll, a veteran from Chicago, discusses how the concept of Moral Injury will help him in his job and how attending a Volunteers of America conference impacted him.
The emerging issue of moral injury has been most often associated with returning military personnel. However, Volunteers of America believes this construct extends beyond the military setting, requiring more investigation into how to identify and treat moral injury among diverse populations.