CHILD abuse survivors can develop heightened perception and intuition due to their trauma, Launceston community workers have heard.
Pyschotherapist Dragan Wright yesterday explained the heightened sense of awareness could arise as a survival instinct.
``Those parts of the brain can actually be more developed because you're living on your senses, you're living on your intuition, you're surviving on that,'' he said.
Mr Wright, from Adults Surviving Child Abuse, will spend two days in Launceston training community and health workers how to be ``trauma informed''. He said understanding child trauma was important because it was very likely to manifest during adulthood.
Conservative estimates indicate 75 per cent of drug and alcohol abusers have suffered some form of childhood trauma.
Mr Wright said there was a general lack of awareness about how child abuse may affect a survivors behaviour. Trauma informed training attempted to change that and offer some hope for survivors.
Those seeking support can contact National Child Abuse Prevention Helpline on 1800 991 099 or Adults Surviving Child Abuse on 1300 657 380.