Childhood Trauma: Time, Trust, and Opportunities

Research Paper Title

Repairing the effects of childhood trauma: The long and winding road.


  • What is known on this subject:
    • Domestic and family violence contributes to mental distress and the development of mental illness and can reverberate throughout a person’s life.
  • What this paper adds to existing knowledge.
    • Therapeutic work with people who experience domestic and family violence needs to take considerable time to allow the process to unfold.
    • Understanding the triggers that cause past traumas to be re-experienced helps people to recognise and change their conditioned emotional responses.
  • What are the implications for practice?
    • Time needs to be invested to develop a secure and trusting relationship to enable a person to work through childhood experiences that have the potential to overwhelm.
    • It is important for adults who have experienced childhood trauma to have an opportunity to process the abuse to help minimise its intrusion in their lives.


Palmer, C., Williams, Y. & Harrington, A. (2019) Repairing the effects of childhood trauma: The long and winding road. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12581. [Epub ahead of print].

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