Child abuse and neglect are considered Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and the trauma they cause has been linked to negative outcomes and challenges later in life. Much of our prevention work—and that of organizations across the country—is built on the groundbreaking CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study.
This three-year study (1995 to 1997) surveyed more than 17,000 people about their childhood experiences and the state of their current health (both physical and emotional). One of the largest explorations of child abuse, neglect, and other Adverse Childhood Experiences, the study drew a definitive link between ACEs and negative outcomes later in life.
In other words, as shown in this graphic, the more ACEs you experience in your youth, the greater your risk of illness, mental health challenges, lower income, and more:
FamilyWise works with communities to help them understand the impact of ACEs and find the tools and resources to build resilience and address those childhood traumas, creating a path to greater stability and well-being for families.