Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

ACEs can be prevented. Learn more about preventing ACEs in your community.

We Can Prevent ACEs

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ACE Pyramid

Ace Study Map of the United States

Adverse Childhood Experiences - Find out how they affect our lives and society and why prevention matters.

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CDC-Kaiser ACE Study

Learn more about the original study including ACE definitions, study demographics, and major findings.


Learn more about the BRFSS ACE module including ACE definitions, study demographics, and major findings.


Find list of documents, web pages, and tools to help you understand and use data.

Journal Articles

View a sample of selected adverse childhood experiences journal articles by topic area.

Page last reviewed: April 1, 2016