There are many ways in which children can be traumatised in childhood. These include being sexually, emotionally or physically abused, being neglected and/or growing up in a situation of domestic or community violence and/or being exposed to other adverse childhood experiences. It is important to recognise that even when children are not overtly abused they can experience trauma and its effects e.g. if caregivers are unable to meet a child’s emotional needs (e.g. because they have unresolved trauma histories themselves e.g. as a result of mental illness or substance abuse).
Experiencing trauma in childhood can affect a person’s health and well-being into adulthood. It can impact your self- esteem, relationships, emotional and physical health and other aspects of daily life.
The good news is that research shows that with the right support recovery is possible, even when there’s been severe trauma early in life. It also shows that when an parent has worked through their trauma, their children benefit.
If you have experienced trauma or abuse of any sort in childhood, please look at the following resources and information. We hope they will help you better understand not only the effects of what you experienced and how you’ve coped but also where and how to find help.