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Survivors of Trauma & Abuse

Population Outcome: Survivors of Trauma and Abuse in Suffolk and North East Essex Feel Well

Tailored, expert, trauma-informed support provided when, and for as long as they need it, is essential for everyone in Suffolk and North East Essex who is a survivor of trauma or abuse and their carers and families.


Barometer Measure

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The Story Behind the Outcome

Lived Experience


Afrika's Story

Gemma's Story

Felicity's Story

Steve's Story

James's Story

Jane's Story

Ashley's Story

Good communication in mental health


I'll be a survivor for the rest of my life'

Research by the University of Suffolk and Survivors in Transition

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Denial, Disbelief and Delays

Research by the University of Suffolk and Survivors in Transition

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Hear Me. Believe Me. Respect Me.

Research by the University of Suffolk and Survivors in Transition

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Healthwatch Essex - Listen to lived experience

Allie shares her story of a lifetime of self-harm after an abusive childhood - (Please note this story contains themes of abuse, self-harm, eating disorders and alternative sexual practices)

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Trauma informed care

Published Evidence

Adverse Childhood Experiences

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Adults and Trauma

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Impact of Long Term Physical Health

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Impact of Domestic Abuse on Adults

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Impact of Domestic Abuse on Children

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Further Reading

Further Information

Useful Organisations

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Our Ambition

What we know matters and why

What matters?Why?
I am recognised as a survivor of trauma or abuseRecognising and being able to speak about my trauma and abuse enables me to obtain help early.

Recognising the impact of trauma and abuse on me, my carers and my family enables us to be treated with empathy and to access the support we need.
I have access to trauma-informed care and supportTrauma informed care in childhood minimises the impact on my physical and emotional development, and maximises my opportunity for a healthy childhood and later adulthood.

Trauma informed care in adulthood means I am given sensitive care in a way that does not re-traumatise me.

My carers and family are able to access support in their own right when they need it.
I have the information I need to understand abuse, find help and keep safe.Awareness from childhood on healthy relationships and staying safe enables me to recognise abuse and seek help.

Access to help to understand current or past abuse helps keep me safe and avoid further trauma.

Access to information and help for my carers and family helps them to keep me safe and well.
I am treated as an individualTreating me, my carer and my family with dignity and respect, recognising my culture, characteristics and life circumstances, means my care and support is inclusive, sensitive and responsive to my needs.

Recognising that responses to adverse life experiences are unique means that my support can be tailored to my needs.
I am seen and heardBelieving my story, and its impact on me, my carers and my family, enables us to develop trusting working relationships with professionals.

Giving me, my carers and my family choice and control over the support we receive means we are not re-traumatised and services can better meet our individual needs.

How will things be different in Suffolk and North East Essex

We will ensure all health and care practice is trauma informed.We will take a life-long approach to trauma and abuse, ensuring people who experience trauma or abuse, their carers and family, have access to support regardless of how long ago their experiences were.
We will ensure health and care staff and their organisations understand how they may re-traumatise people, carers and families through their ways of working and communications.We will enable people who have experienced trauma or abuse, their carers and family, to access services that they trust, who are focused on their needs alone.
We will inform communities on how to recognise possible abuse and trauma, be confident to speak to someone who may be, or have been abused or their carers or family, and be able to advise them where they can seek help.We will support people to maintain their health and wellbeing before, while waiting for, during and after treatment and care to help them stay well and recover well.
We will reduce costs by assessing cost-effectiveness of interventions offered through the NHS and/or the VCFSE (for example, through an integrated care approach).We will avoid and minimise the impact, including the costs of trauma and abuse, through timely prevention and early intervention including by working with specialist VCFSE providers.
We will alleviate the burden of disclosure by identifying professionals at ‘trigger points’ in the journeys of survivors, carers and families. GPs, mental health, emergency and hospital staff need to be trained and working in trauma-informed ways, where ‘asking the question’ and opening the door to disclosures is routine, disclosure is made easier, and the response is consistent and timely.

Case Studies – how we are making progress across Suffolk & North East Essex

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Relevant plans and strategies


NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board – Joint Forward Plan
Feel Well


Essex County Council
Domestic abuse commissioning strategy 2021-24
Southend, Essex and Thurrock Domestic Abuse Board
Strategy 2020-25


Ipswich and East Suffolk
Alliance Delivery Plan

North East Essex 
Alliance Delivery Plan

West  Suffolk
Alliance Delivery Plan

NHS Trusts

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Strategic Plan 2023-28

Last Updated on 19 February 2024

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