The term ‘Adverse Childhood Experience’ or simply ‘ACEs’ refers to a range of negative situations a child may face or witness throughout their childhood and before the age of 18.
ACEs can impact kids’ health and well-being, and they can have long-term effects on adults’ health and wellness. They can even have consequences that affect entire families, communities, and our whole society.
The term ‘ACE’ comes from a study that was conducted in the United States in the 1980s that found a significant link between a person’s exposure to ACEs and their physical and mental health throughout their lives.
These experiences include all types of abuse and neglect as well as parental mental illness, substance use, divorce, incarceration, and domestic violence.