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


For Survivors


“Extremely well presented. Covered salient points in trauma work. Very credible presenter, obviously knows the subject matter well, is clear, informative, and was careful to ensure participant's expectations were met.”

E. HUTCHING Relationships Australia

“It was wonderful training given that all my questions and issues were addressed. It felt like 2 days of supervision.”

SYLVIA ACEVEDO Clinical and Private Practitioner

“I found the training very informative and a window to many therapies and skills to focus on in the future. The presenter was excellent and certainly demonstrated a well informed knowledge of various modalities and therapies.”


“The presenter did an excellent job! The information was interesting, profound and very relevant. The information was very clear, stimulating and I will find it very helpful when working with clients.”

WENDY METRA Counsellor/Psychotherapist

“Absolutely fantastic workshops! It was great to discuss, hear and walk away with real practical strategies and techniques to assist my clients in becoming more body aware. Excellent resources given.”


Resources for Survivors

Experiences of past and current trauma are very common. When a person has experienced trauma, abuse or violence, especially in childhood (known as complex childhood trauma) and they haven’t had the support and help they need to heal from it, it can have substantial impacts. It can affect both mental and physical health (Banyard et al, 2009), wellbeing, self-esteem and relationships, as well as educational and work opportunities. Traumatic experiences, especially those from childhood, are often hard to talk about. Sometimes people with trauma-related problems do not recognise how their prior trauma relates to their current challenges.

If you experienced any form of abuse, violence or trauma in your childhood you may be affected by its impacts. No two people are the same. The same applies to adult survivors of childhood trauma. Different people react differently to their childhood experiences. Regardless of the abuse, neglect and/or violence you witnessed or experienced, and how it is affecting you there is information and support to help. Research shows that with the right support people can and do heal. Many survivors go on to tell stories of recovery and resilience, beyond those of survival.

Some people have experiences in childhood which are not readily identified as traumatic, but they can be. This can happen when a child’s parent or caregiver has their own trauma history e.g. parent with a mental illness, parent who misused alcohol or drugs, parent in prison, victim of domestic and family violence. Some people grow up in communities in which violence and abuse was almost the ‘norm’ and crossed generations or affected the entire community. Others experienced medical or dental trauma, or grew up in care which was ‘uncaring’ and abusive, and/or in situations of disadvantage.  

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 and support.

Towards Recovery FactSheet

Fact sheet

Download Towards Recovery: Blue Knot Foundation's fact sheet for people who have experienced childhood trauma

“Towards recovery”

Is a short video for survivors of all forms of childhood trauma and abuse. It has been developed by survivors, as well as those who support them professionally and personally.

Survivors Video

Further Information

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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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