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.