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The Shay Moral Injury Center
What is Moral Injury?
Moral injury is the suffering people experience when we are in high stakes situations, things go wrong, and harm results that challenges our deepest moral codes and ability to trust in others or ourselves. The harm may be something we did, something we witnessed, or something that was done to us. It results in moral emotions such as shame, guilt, self-condemnation, outrage, and sorrow.
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About the Shay Moral Injury Center
Volunteers of America continues its efforts to help identify and treat moral injury as part of its service programs. Here you can find various moral injury programs and resources that VOA offers.
Named for Dr. Johnathan Shay, the Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America conducts research on and promotes a deeper understanding of moral injury in the many populations who experience it.
Moral Injury is the injury to a person's moral conscience. The result of betraying your personal moral code can become profound internal suffering. Volunteers of America's "The War Inside" discusses what moral injury is and how it affects people.
For additional information on Moral Injury and The War Inside, we have summarized our videos as well as some websites, books, movies and journal articles that cover the topic.
- For questions, or for more information, about moral injury please contact Sam McAllister.
- Phone: (703) 341-5059
- For media-related inquiries, please contact David Burch
- Phone: (703) 341-5054