Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Data

South Carolina ACE Data Collection

ACE data are collected via the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) managed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). The BRFSS is a cross-sectional, telephone-based survey of health-related risk behaviors, history of chronic health conditions, and preventative behaviors. Non-institutionalized adults 18 years or older are randomly selected to take part in the survey. The survey is conducted year-round using random digit dialing (RDD) techniques on both landlines and cell phones. Children’s Trust collected the data in 2014-2015 through the BRFSS with funds provided through the community-based child abuse prevention funds. The BlueCross BlueShield Foundation of South Carolina is supporting current efforts.


ACE Variables

The ACEs data can be examined in a number of different ways including the experience of one or more ACEs (prevalence), the experience of particular ACEs (individual) and the experience of multiple ACEs (cumulative). The data presented below is from the 2014-2015 BRFSS.


Prevalence

62%

of South Carolinians have experienced at least one ACE

38%

of South Carolinians have not experienced an ACE



Individual

Divorce or Separation
30%
Emotional Abuse
30%
Substance Use
28%
Domestic Violence
20%
Mental Illness
16%
Physical Abuse
14%
Sexual Abuse
12%
Incarceration
9%


Cumulative

None
38%
One
24%
Two
13%
Three
9%
Four or More
16%



South Carolina Data Packages

These data packages were presented at the ACE Summit. They provide localized data based on regions that were created during data collection. 

Region 1

Cherokee, Greenville, Pickens Spartanburg and Union Counties

Region 1 - PDF

Region 2

Abbeville, Anderson, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick and Oconee Counties

Region 2 - PDF

Region 3

Aiken, Barnwell, Edgefield, Newberry and Saluda Counties

Region 3 - PDF

Region 4

Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington and Richland Counties

Region 4 - PDF

Region 5

Chester, Lancaster and York Counties Counties

Region 5 - PDF

Region 6

Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties

Region 6 - PDF

Region 7

Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Calhoun, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper and Orangeburg Counties

Region 7 - PDF

Region 8

Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg Counties

Region 8 - PDF

Region 9

Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Lee, Marion, Marlboro and Sumter Counties

Region 9 - PDF

South Carolina

All of South Carolina

South Carolina - PDF



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