Fact Sheets - Family, Friends, Partners and Loved Ones

If you are supporting a family member, friend, partner or someone you care about to recover from child abuse or trauma, this fact sheet can help you. It can help you understand what happened to the person, how it affected them, how they coped and what you can do to support them.

The fact sheet includes the voices of survivors, supporters and professionals. It provides information based on the latest research. This information provides insight into the challenges and opportunities of supporting a survivor. It highlights the importance of trusting relationships in recovery. If you are supporting a survivor, your relationship with them is critical.

To help you, it presents the principles of being trauma informed: safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration and empowerment. These principles provide a good framework to support healthy healing relationships. It shows the importance of hope and optimism around healing, as well as that of self-care for all. This fact sheet is one of a suite of resources to support supporters.


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“Blue Knot Foundation has a key role to play in the building of community capacity in care provision to those who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma in any environment.”

NIALL MULLIGAN Manager, Lifeline Northern Rivers

“I think Blue Knot Foundation is a fantastic support organisation for people who have experienced childhood trauma/abuse, for their families/close friends and for professionals who would like to learn how to more effectively work with these people.”

Psychologist Melbourne

“It's such a beautiful thing that you are doing. Helping people to get through this.”


“It was only last September when I discovered the Blue Knot Foundation website and I will never forget the feeling of support and empathy that I received when I finally made the first phone call to Blue Knot Helpline, which was also the first time I had ever spoken about my abuse.”


"At last there is some sound education and empathetic support for individuals and partners impacted by such gross boundary violations.”


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Phone: 02 8920 3611
Email: admin@blueknot.org.au
PO Box 597 Milsons Point NSW 1565
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