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Guidelines to address the trauma of childhood abuse



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THE HON MARK BUTLER MP Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Minister for Social Inclusion Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform

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EMBARGOED TO 12:30PM 29 OCTOBER 2012

29 October 2012

GUIDELINES TO ADDRESS THE TRAUMA OF CHILDHOOD ABUSE

A new set of guidelines launched today aim to help 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 today in Canberra by Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler.

Mr Butler said the guidelines would contribute to our understanding of the implications of childhood abuse on mental health.

“Evidence presented in the guidelines indicates that complex trauma from child abuse underlies a high number of mental health problems.”

“Data collected by ASCA shows that 76% of callers who spoke 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 go beyond those who experienced it, affecting partners, families, communities and workplaces,” Mr Butler said.

The launch coincides 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

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