Finding Support

If you were abused, neglect or experienced repeated violence or trauma as a child, young person, or adult, there is information and support to help you.

  • People can and do recover from complex trauma, including from childhood, with the right support
  • This section of the website provides information to help you find support
  • If you or someone you know has been impacted by childhood trauma you can call:

Blue Knot Helpline and Redress Support Service on 1300 657 380 between 9-5 Monday-Sunday AEST

1300 657 380

As children, many survivors, were harmed in relationships with adults. Some were harmed in relationships with other children. Other people have experienced violence in relationships as an adult. These experiences can make it hard to trust people, and to reach out and find help. This means that many survivors feel isolated and alone. They can feel that they have only a few people they can trust, if any, to talk to or ask for help.

Survivors often also struggle to feel and be safe. Feeling safe is important wherever you are. Because complex trauma happens within relationships, healing also happens within relationships. Learning to trust others, to feel safe and to turn to them for support is a crucial step in recovery. Doing so challenges the belief survivors often adopt that people are dangerous.

Trust your feelings. Choose people who are available for you, connected to you and who can engage with you and your experience. This can include a counsellor or therapist who is experienced in working with people who have experienced repeated violence, abuse or neglect.

"For me, ongoing structured support is really important but I have been so grateful to be able to access the blue knot helpline in the last 11 months during the times when my other supports were not able to be accessed, during times i was really overwhelmed.”

Anonymous

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It can be helpful to keep a list of your support people and phone numbers. You might like to make a plan for what you can do when you find it hard to remember what can help. This might include numbers for the Blue Knot Helpline and Redress Support Service, Lifeline for 24/7 crisis support, friends who understand, your counsellor, or other services you have connected with.

It might also remind you to do some activities that nurture you like remembering to breathe, having a cup of tea, going outside and being in nature, connecting with your pets, having a shower, listening to music, drawing, colouring in etc. Keep the list on the fridge, on your phone, or anywhere you can easily find it.

Research shows that with the right support people can and do heal. Many survivors go on to tell stories of recovery. And of resilience beyond survival. We hope you find the information and support here useful. Please read through the different sections when you can, to find out what you need for support.

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Blue Knot Helpline and Redress Support Service is a specialist service.

Our counsellors provide empathetic, informative and empowering support for adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.