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."
Under the direction of Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D. and named for Jonathan Shay, the Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America aims to deepen understanding about moral injury in the many populations who experience it.
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.