If you have experienced childhood trauma, you can speak with a Blue Knot Helpline trauma counsellor including for support and applications around national redress

1300 657 380
Monday - Sunday
between 9am - 5pm AEST
or via email helpline@blueknot.org.au


Do you live with disability?  Have you experienced abuse, neglect, violence or exploitation?

For support for Disability Royal Commission or general support contact our National Counselling & Referral Service

1800 421 468
9am - 6pm AEST Mon- Fri
9am - 5pm AEST Sat, Sun & public holidays





“It was the most friendly, welcoming, understanding and informative call I think I've ever had. It helped me find answers to help my wife whom I love dearly, who walked out on a twenty year marriage and four children because her past abuse was coming up. Thanks a lot, just hope it's not too late for my situation.”


“The most significant impact of the work that Blue Knot Foundation did was that it helped heal a rift between family members – I was stuck in the middle initially and felt alone, but Blue Knot Foundation provided me with a lot of support and resources. I felt well supported.”


“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

“I came here today to support my friend but found it all so informative. I too was abused as a child but have always tried to ignore it... This workshop has me thinking, questioning and wondering!!”


For supporters of childhood trauma and abuse

  • If you are supporting someone who was abused or traumatised as a child, there is information and support to help you
  • 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 both for yourself and for the survivor you are supporting
  • 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 or other children. This can make it hard for them to trust people, to feel and be safe and to seek help. If a survivor has reached out to you, you can play an important role in their healing. 

Because childhood trauma happened within relationships, healing also happens within relationships. It is important work. It can be confronting, confusing and exhausting. Yet it can also be inspiring and life changing, as we witness healing. And the strength and resilience survivors have. The good news is that people can and do recover from childhood trauma. It doesn’t mean that their trauma goes away. Just that it no longer overwhelms them, as often.

If you’re a family member, friend, partner, neighbour or work colleague, Blue Knot Foundation can support you as you support the survivor you care about. Firstly it’s important to find out as much as you can about childhood trauma and abuse. How it can affect people. And how people cope. It’s also important to find support and information for yourself. Just as survivors often feel isolated and alone, those who support them can feel the same way.

It can help to take a `trauma-informed’ approach. The core principles of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration and empowerment are simply. Yet they provide a framework for healthy relationships. 

Applying the principles can help reduce upsetting and destabilising interactions. Being trauma-informed means understanding that many problems are trauma-related. It helps survivors and their supporters to see the links between `past’ experiences and life challenges in the present. To read more about trauma-informed care, click here.

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Health Direct


Head to Health


“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.”


Contact Us

Phone: 02 8920 3611
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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Dr Cathy Kezelman
+61 425 812 197
+61 2 8920 3611
or ckezelman@blueknot.org.au

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+61 457 725 953 
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