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Understanding the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) & Working Towards Resilience

What Are (ACEs) Adverse Childhood Experiences?

ACEs include:

  • Physical Abuse

  • Physical Neglect

  • Emotional Abuse

  • Emotional Neglect

  • Sexual Abuse

  • A household member addicted to illegal drugs and/or alcohol

  • A household member who suffered from mental health issues

  • Witnessing domestic violence

  • Loss of a parent due to death, divorce, or abandonment

ACEs have been linked to:

  • Chronic Health Conditions

  • Low Life Potential

  • Early Death

  • Risky Health Behaviors

Statistics About Those Who Experience ACEs

  • 15 times more likely to attempt suicide

  • 4 times more likely to become alcoholic

  • 4 times more likely to develop an STD

  • 4 times more likely to inject drugs

  • 3 times more likely to experience depression

  • 3 times more likely to be absent from work

  • 3 times more likely to have serious job problems

  • 2.5 times more likely to smoke

  • 2 times more likely to have COPD

  • 2 times more likely to have serious financial problems

About ACEs
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of adults report abuse or other difficult family circumstances during childhood.


of children will witness or experience a traumatic
event before age 4.


4 of 10

children report a physical assault in the past year, with 1 in 10 receiving a related injury.


of all children have experienced sexual abuse during the past year.

The rate is nearly 11% per year for girls aged 14-17.


How prevention benefits the community

ACEs Prevention could lead to: 

  • 15% reduction in the number of adults who are unemployed

  • 33% reduction in the number of adults who smoke

  • 44% reduction in the number of adults with depression

Why it matters

  • Effects on the workforce now and in the future. 

    • Parents miss days on the job to care for their children or family members.

  • We all share the cost of treating mental health, drug abuse, homelessness, and crime

  • Healthier children make healthier communities with a better future for all.

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