A new set of guidelines aims to help mental health and social service providers better understand the complex effects of trauma on adult survivors of childhood abuse. The guidelines are funded by the Federal Government and developed by Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA).
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.
Childhood trauma can include sexual, physical and emotional abuse, chronic neglect, witnessing or experiencing family and community violence, and the effects of family dysfunction.
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