Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. Working together, we can help create neighborhoods, communities, and a world in which every child can thrive.
Learn more about preventing ACEs in your community by assuring safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments.
Definition, Statistics, and Consequences
Factors that are linked to or protect against violence
Strategies to help states and communities prevention ACEs
Learn how youth-serving and faith-based organizations, coaches, and caregivers can help prevent ACEs
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Prevention Strategy Plan pdf icon[3 MB, 20 Pages]
This resource outlines CDC’s specific goals and objectives for ACEs prevention and response. The goals and objectives aim to prevent ACEs before they happen, identify those who have experienced ACEs, and respond using trauma-informed approaches in order to create the conditions for strong, thriving families and communities where all children and youth are free from harm and all people can achieve lifelong health and wellbeing.
Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Leveraging the Best Available Evidence pdf icon[4 MB, 40 Pages]
This is a resource to help states and communities leverage the best available evidence to prevent ACEs from happening in the first place as well as lessen harms when ACEs do occur. It features six strategies drawn from the CDC Technical Packages to Prevent Violence.
Vital Signs: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) pdf icon[865 KB, 2 Pages]
CDC’s Vital Signs fact sheet featuring ACEs and their negative impacts on health as well as education and employment opportunities later in life.