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

Christine J. Palmer, Yorker Williams, Ann Harrington

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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 recognize 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 minimize its intrusion in their lives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-210
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020


  • adult survivors of abuse
  • domestic violence
  • psychotherapy
  • therapeutic relationships
  • trauma


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