If you were abused or traumatised as a child the ‘Survivor fact sheet’ can help you understand more about what happened to you, how it might have affected you and some options for what you can do now.
This fact sheet for survivors is based on the latest research. It includes information about childhood trauma and abuse, its different forms and how it can affect people. It also describes the ways people respond to stress and the coping strategies some survivors use. The fact sheet is one of a suite of resources to support survivors on their healing journey.
The fact sheet – ‘Identity and Belonging’ looks at the effects of complex trauma experienced during childhood. Depending on the ages and stages at which a child experiences trauma, the child, adolescent and the adult that child becomes may struggle to function day-to-day. This can affect their sense of themselves, and their capacity to regulate their levels of arousal, emotions and behaviour as well as to connect with others around them.
Fact Sheet: Trauma Resolution & Healing – No child should ever experience trauma, abuse, or neglect. As children, we have a limited capacity to protect ourselves, if at all. We are still developing physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Children cannot seek or find safety like adults can and are particularly vulnerable to abuse, neglect and violence.
This fact sheet explains how the best person to drive restoration is each survivor. Our role, in the system in which we work, may be better oriented to supporting survivors to work out what they really need, and then supporting their planning to achieve this. This is empowering, respectful and trauma-informed.