Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that occur in a child’s life prior to the age of 18. Research shows that children who are exposed to physical and emotional abuse, divorce, substance abuse, domestic violence, mental illness and incarceration of a parent are much more likely to become adults with chronic issues such as depression, alcoholism, obesity, heart and liver disease, and missed time in the workplace.
The wide-ranging health and social consequences of ACEs accentuate the importance of preventing them before they happen. By gathering and analyzing data in South Carolina, we can help child-serving professionals and community leaders facilitate coordinated local and state efforts to address and prevent ACEs.
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