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Have I been abused?

Some survivors are well aware of the trauma they experienced in childhood. They are troubled by memories of abuse, and live with the pain, confusion and feelings of loneliness they experienced as a child. They may be plagued by nightmares and flashbacks.
Other survivors may not remember that they were abused or otherwise traumatised, or they may only remember some of their experiences. They may not perceive or acknowledge that what they experienced was a form of childhood trauma, abuse or neglect. It is very common for survivors to not recognise that an experience was abusive, to deny it, or to minimise the seriousness of what happened telling themselves that 'it only happened once' or 'it wasn't so bad'.
Many survivors live with symptoms of abuse, such as panic attacks, strange body sensations, inexplicable fears, or aches and pains, that they are unable to explain. Their body remembers what happened to them, and they relive the emotions and feelings associated with their trauma repeatedly. However many survivors don't connect these symptoms to their childhood trauma and abuse.

Should you wonder whether your experiences were abusive or neglectful, or if you're unsure as to whether you are grappling with the impacts of childhood trauma please read the relevant sections on this website. Watch the videos and read the fact sheets for further information. Should you wish to discuss your personal situation further please call

Blue Knot Helpline on 1300 657 380,  9-5 *AEST, 7 days a week for assistance.

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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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