Understanding Trauma

There are moments in life that test us. They challenge our understanding of the world and our sense of safety. Trauma comes in many forms and affects thousands of Australians from all walks of life. Watch this video to find out more. This video is also available in Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin and Vietnamese.

What are traumatic events?

Almost everyone who experiences trauma will be emotionally affected and there are many different ways in which people will respond.

Traumatic experiences may include:

  • Serious accident

  • Physical Assault

  • War

  • Natural disaster

  • Experiencing Sexual Assault or abuse

  • Witnessing the trauma of others

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