When a family member (or members) is involved in a serious or fatal collision, the whole family (including very young children) is affected.

This brochure lists common reactions to serious road trauma events and suggests ways in which parents and other adults can provide support to bereaved and traumatised children and teenagers.



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