After a trauma, people may go through a range of foreign feelings and emotions. Often people who did not experience the trauma first hand, such as the person first at the scene of an accident, are surprised by the intensity of their responses.

This brochure provides a list of some of the common reactions to a traumatic situation and some helpful tips that may assist in keeping some of these symptoms under control.



Road Trauma Support Services Victoria (RTSSV) is a not-for-profit organisation contributing to the safety and wellbeing of Victorian road users. We provide counselling and support to people affected by road trauma, and address attitudes and behaviours of road users through education. As the only organisation of its kind in Victoria, we provide the following services across the state:

  • Free, professional face-to-face and telephone counselling
  • Support and training
  • Education programs