Survivors

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Testimonials

“This work is just so incredibly important! Thank you for the many ways you have raised consciousness and been a part of facilitating the dissemination of knowledge and skills to help prevent and address the impact of child abuse.”

JEANNIE HIGGINS Psychologist

“Blue Knot Foundation has always represented a "backstop" for me in my life, and I have felt that no matter what happens in my life, I have a group that I belong with, that will accept and support me, warts and all. Thank you for the work that you and your team do.”

MIKE

“You were there in my desperate hour of need and whilst only 2 phone calls, I took some very valuable and helpful insight away that allowed me to continue my healing, become aware of and understand my biggest trigger that has ruled my life for 50 years. Thank you for being there.”

COLLEEN MULLINS

“I am so thankful and happy to know that your organisation is there to help us, to offer support, education and most importantly a voice. A real, educated, rational, honest, non-deniable voice. I feel that my prayers have been answered, granted.”

CAITLIN SHCUMACHER

“We (SWCC counsellors) really value Blue Knot Foundation, its workshops for survivors and professionals, newsletters and its major publications to date.”

SONYA FINLAYSON Sydney Women's Counselling Centre

For survivors of childhood trauma and abuse

  • If you were abused or experienced trauma as a child, there is information and support to help
  • People can and do recover from child abuse and trauma, with the right support
  • This section of the website provides information to help you find support
  • If you or someone you know is impacted by childhood trauma you can call Blue Knot Helpline on 1300 657 380 between 9-5 Mon-Sun AEST

As children, many survivors, were harmed in relationships with adults. Some were harmed in relationships with other children. This can make it hard to trust people later on, and to reach out and find help. This means that many survivors feel isolated and alone. They can feel that they have only a few people they can trust, if any, to talk to or ask for help.

Survivors often also struggle to feel and be safe. Feeling safe is important wherever you are.

Because childhood trauma happened within relationships, healing also happens within relationships. Learning to trust others, to feel safe and to turn to them for support is a crucial step in recovery. Doing so challenges the belief survivors often adopt that people are dangerous.

Trust your feelings. Choose people who are available for you, connected to you and who can engage you and your experience. This can include a counsellor or therapist who is experienced in working with adult survivors of child abuse and trauma.

It can be helpful to keep a list of your support people and phone numbers. You might like to make a plan for what you will do when you forget what helps. This might include numbers for Blue Knot Helpline, Lifeline for 24/7 crisis support, friends who understand, or your counsellor, or service. It might also remind you to do some activities that nurture you like remembering to breathe, having a cup of tea, going outside and being in nature, connecting with your pets, having a shower, listening to music, drawing, colouring in etc. Keep it on the fridge, on your phone, or anywhere you can easily find it. 

Research shows that with the right support people can and do heal. Many survivors go on to tell stories of recovery. And of resilience beyond survival. We hope you find the information and support here useful.

 

 

 

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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.”

ANONYMOUS

“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.”

STEVEN

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

TAMARA

Contact Us

Phone: 02 8920 3611
Email: admin@blueknot.org.au
PO Box 597 Milsons Point NSW 1565
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm AEST

Blue Knot Helpline
Phone: 1300 657 380
Email: helpline@blueknot.org.au 
Hours: Mon-Sun, 9am-5pm AEST

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0425 812 197 or ckezelman@blueknot.org.au

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