Trauma Support

A traumatic event is something which threatens a person's life or safety, or that of the people around them.

Road Trauma

Road Trauma is one of the most frequently occuring forms of trauma. Road Trauma Support Services Victoria offers individual and family counselling, support groups and referral services for people impacted by road trauma. They can be contacted at 1300 367 797 (9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday).

Common Responses to Trauma

There are a number of reactions people may experience which are considered to be normal. These reactions may occur either quickly or sometime after the event.

Explore the sections below to see how traumatic events can affect people’s behaviour, thinking and feelings.



Some examples of changes in behaviour to watch out for are;

  • Change in relationships with others
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Loss of concentration
  • Physical change such as lack of appetite, tiredness and generally feeling unwell
  • Change to work patterns




Some of the ways in which Thinking can change as a result of trauma are; 

  • Memories/past experiences
  • Dreams/nightmares
  • Confusion/memory loss
  • Irrational thoughts/mood swings



Trauma can affect how people are in feeling in many ways such as; 

  • Grief
  • Sadness
  • Loss of control
  • Frustration
  • Shock
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Blame