In Australia, 1 in 4 adults are victims of childhood trauma, including child abuse. According to the Law Institute of Victoria, trauma is different from regular stress in that it involves the overloading of coping mechanisms in response to a real or perceived threat. The effects of childhood trauma can reach well into a person’s adult years, impacting on their physical, mental and emotional health.
What is the Blue Knot Foundation?The Blue Knot Foundation, formerly known as Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) is Australia’s leading national organisation working to improve the lives of childhood trauma survivors. Through phone counselling, information, education and advocacy, it supports survivors, their families and communities.
What is Blue Knot Day?This year, Blue Knot Day falls on Monday 16 October. On this day, Blue Knot invites all Australians to unite in support of the nation's 5 million adult survivors of abuse and trauma.
“The colour blue in ‘Blue Knot Foundation’ represents the clear blue sky of possibilities, which are there for us all. Our focus is on the possibility that as adults, we can recover and live healthier, more connected and participating lives, no matter how many years ago and how devastating our trauma was”, said Blue Knot president Dr. Cathy Kezelman.
The theme of Blue Knot Day for 2017 is 'Unite in Support of Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma'.
“Every one of us has a role to play in supporting survivors,” Cathy said.
Blue Knot Day events will be held across the country on Monday 16 October and throughout the week.
Why is Shine supporting Blue Knot Day?Shine Lawyers and Blue Knot Foundation share a common objective - improving the lives of those who have been affected by childhood trauma and abuse. As partners of the Blue Knot Foundation, we're proud to lend our voice to Blue Knot Day and strengthen awareness surrounding the impacts of childhood abuse.
Support For SurvivorsTo find out more about Blue Knot Day and to get involved in events, visit the Blue Knot Foundation website. For support in recovering from trauma, contact the Blue Knot helpline on 1300 657 380.
Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: October 20, 2016.