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12 Different Types of Childhood Trauma

As a trauma specialist, I experienced several intensely threatened different types of childhood trauma around me. It may help you to understand about all the types of different trauma. From the list below, you can find which one is affecting you or your child. 

What is childhood trauma actually?

According to The National Institute of Mental Health (USA) defines trauma as: “The experience of an event by a child that is emotionally painful or distressful, which often results in lasting mental and physical effects.” 

12 intensely threatened childhood trauma

Well, among known and unknown, here I enlisted 12 intensely threatened different types of childhood trauma. These are mostly frequent around us are as follows:


Bullying is a deliberate and unsolicited action that occurs with the intent of inflicting social, emotional, physical, and/or psychological harm to someone who often is perceived as being less powerful.

Community violence

Community violence is exposure to intentional acts of interpersonal violence committed in public areas by individuals who are not intimately related to the victim.

Complex trauma

Complex trauma describes both children’s exposure to multiple traumatic events—often of an invasive, interpersonal nature—and the wide-ranging, long-term effects of this exposure.

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), also referred to as domestic violence, occurs when an individual purposely causes harm or threatens the risk of harm to any past or current partner or spouse.

Physical abuse

Physical abuse occurs when a parent or caregiver commits an act that results in physical injury to a child or adolescent.

Child sexual abuse

Child sexual abuse is any interaction between a child and an adult (or another child) in which the child is used for the sexual stimulation of the perpetrator or an observer.

Child sex trafficking

Child sex trafficking involves the giving or receiving of anything of value (money, shelter, food, clothing, drugs, etc.) to any person in exchange for a sex act with someone under the age of 18.

Traumatic Grief

Traumatic Grief– While many children adjust well after a death, other children have ongoing difficulties that interfere with everyday life and make it difficult to recall positive memories of their loved ones

Terrorism & Violence

Terrorism & Violence- Families and children may be profoundly affected by mass violence, acts of terrorism, or community trauma in the form of shootings, bombings, or other types of attacks.

Refugee Trauma

Refugee Trauma- Many refugees, especially children, have experienced trauma related to war or persecution that may affect their mental and physical health long after the events have occurred.

Medical Trauma

Medical Trauma – Pediatric medical traumatic stress refers to a set of psychological and physiological responses of children and their families to single or multiple medical events.


Abandonment – When a person leaves you unexpectedly rather a child is being removed from the home, the death of a loved one or caregiver, or parental lack of engagement in a child’s life, leaves the question “am I good enough”? And emotional scars causing a constant feeling of a perceived threat to emotional connections.

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