Senator Catryna Bilyk
Labor Senator for Tasmania
Co-convenor – Parliamentarians Against Child Abuse and Neglect.

GUIDELINES TO ADDRESS THE TRAUMA OF CHILDHOOD ABUSE

Senator Catryna Bilyk, Co-convenor of Parliamentarians Against Child Abuse and Neglect, welcomed the release this week of a new set of guidelines aimed at helping mental health and social service providers better understand the complex effects of trauma on adult survivors of childhood abuse.

The guidelines, funded by the Federal Government and developed by Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA), were launched in Canberra on Monday by the Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler.

Senator Bilyk is hopeful that the guidelines will help increase the understanding of how child abuse impacts on mental health.

“The guidelines show that complex trauma from child abuse underlies a high number of mental health problems,” Senator Bilyk said.

“Around 76 percent of callers who spoke to ASCA about the impacts of abuse, said it had affected their mental health, with many grappling with suicide or substance abuse problems.”

“Complex trauma, without the right support and treatment, can have a significant impact beyond those who experienced it, affecting partners, families, communities and workplaces.”

The launch of the guidelines coincided with Blue Knot Day which aims to support Australians who have suffered some form of childhood trauma.

Childhood trauma can include sexual, physical and emotional abuse, chronic neglect, witnessing or experiencing family and community violence, and the effects of family dysfunction.

Visit the Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA) website for more information www.asca.org.au/blueknotday.

For help, call ASCA’s support line on 1300 657 380 or visit the website www.asca.org.au.
Senator Catryna Bilyk Labor Senator for Tasmania