Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, can be traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years).

Examples of ACEs:

  • Experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect
  • Witnessing violence in the home or community
  • Having a famiy member attempt or die by suicide

Also included are parts of the child's environment that can damage their sense of safety, stability, and bonding such as growing up in a household with:

  • Substance abuse
  • Mental health problems
  • Instability due to parental separation or household members being in jail or prison

ACEs are interconnected to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance abuse in adulthood. They can also adversely impact education and job opportunities. However, ACEs can be prevented (Source: CDC)

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