Complex Trauma is different than single-incident trauma. Complex trauma commonly occurs with repeated trauma against a child and can be especially damaging, though this is not always the case.
While Complex Trauma includes all forms of child abuse, neglect, adverse childhood experiences, it is not always the result of childhood trauma.
It can also occur as a result of adults’ experience of violence in the community e.g. domestic and family violence, civil unrest, war trauma or genocide, cultural dislocation like refugee and asylum seeker trauma, sexual exploitation and trafficking, extreme medical trauma and/or re-traumatisation.