Empowering Recovery
Complex Trauma

Blue Knot Foundation
National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma

Welcome to the Blue Knot community website.

If you or someone you care about is living with the effects of abuse, neglect, or violence, you have come to the right place.

The information and support here is for you.

Blue Knot provides information and support for anyone who is affected by complex trauma. Complex trauma is repeated, ongoing, and often extreme interpersonal trauma (between people) – violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation experienced as a child, young person and adult.

If you are a professional, work with survivors, and are looking for training, practice or organisational support,  please visit our Professional community.

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Silenced, Not Silent
Silenced, Not Silent

A journey, in 3 chapters, through layers of silencing mechanisms that hide the truth of child sexual abuse in family contexts. Told through the dual voices of one woman’s lived experience and trauma-sensitive wisdom, here is a pathway for survivors and professionals to resolve tensions between our long-held silences and the imperative to speak our truth and heal.

Blue Knot awarded ISSTD
Therese O Clemens Advocacy Award

This award is presented to the lay individual or organization outside of the field of psychiatry or psychotherapy who, through their continuing efforts and dedication, has advanced the Mission and Vision of the ISSTD.

Annual Report 2021 2022
Annual Report 2021 2022

Click below to view our annual report.

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Write your Will for free from September 4-10.

From September 4-10, our partner Safewill, Australia’s leading online Will writing platform is offering all
our supporters/staff/volunteers the opportunity to write a bespoke Will for free.

Fact Sheets for Everyone in the Community
Fact Sheets for Everyone in the Community

Did you know that Blue Knot now also has fact sheets in Plain English, Easy Read, Auslan and other languages?

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What is Blue Knot’s Vision for a Trauma-Informed World?

Our Vision:

To reach the more than 1 in 4 adult Australians impacted by complex trauma

Our Mission:

Empowering adults to recover and build resilience from complex trauma

Our Values:

Hope, Recovery, Collaboration, Care, Empowerment, Professionalism

Looking for support?

Blue Knot Helpline and Redress Support Service

Supporting adult survivors of childhood trauma and adult survivors of institutional child sexual abuse around the National Redress Scheme

Call 1300 657 380
Monday – Sunday
between 9am – 5pm AEST/AEDT or via
email [email protected]

Blue Knot Helpline and Redress Support Service

National Counselling and Referral Service - Disability

Supporting people with disability who have experienced abuse, violence, neglect and

Call 1800 421 468
9am – 6pm AEST/AEDT Monday – Friday
9am – 5pm AEST/AEDT Saturday – Sunday and public holidays

National Counselling Referral Service - Disability

For survivors and those who support them

Blue Knot provides a safe space for survivors to access the support and tools they need to heal from the impacts of violence and abuse, and for those supporting them to access the strategies and resources they need themselves.

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Looking for knowledge and skills?

Building a
trauma-informed world

Trauma is common and it affects us all directly or indirectly. Blue Knot is spearheading a trauma-informed community which understands about trauma and its impacts, and which empowers survivors to recover and communities to heal.

Learn more about a Trauma-Informed World

Research and knowledge translation

Blue Knot translates evidence from lived experience, practice and research to develop and disseminate guidelines, resources and programs to support the recovery of people with complex trauma experiences

See Our Resources & Fact Sheets

Professional Community

Blue Knot is building a professional community with a workforce which is trained and supported to understand trauma and work in a trauma-informed way which is integral to the recovery of people with complex trauma experiences and their own wellbeing.

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Professional Community

By building a trauma-informed professional community, which understands the nature of trauma, its impacts and possibilities for recovery, we not only support and empower those who work with people with trauma experiences, but we also learn how to stay healthy and well and create safety in our organisations.

Go to the Professional Community
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Your generosity will help survivors heal from the impacts of complex trauma.

We believe that every person deserves to live free from violence and abuse. Sadly, that is not the current reality. But the good news is that people with trauma experiences can and do recover. But they need good support. Thank you donating to us and helping us to provide the support people need to recover. We are truly grateful. Thank you for helping survivors to heal.

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Visit our Shop

Check out our shop. Every dollar you spend helps survivors heal.

Click here to go to the Blue Knot shop

Join our Community

We invite you to join our community. The Blue Knot community cares deeply about people affected by abuse and violence. You can join as a member, professional member or subscribe for free. It is a community of support, hope and possibilities for recovery.

Click here to find out more about joining our community
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Fact Sheets

Blue Knot Foundation has developed a number of series of fact sheets. These meet the needs of the different groups affected by complex trauma including childhood trauma and abuse. This includes those who have experienced it, and those who support them personally and professionally.

Click here to see the Blue Knot Fact Sheets