ACEs, or Adverse Childhood Experiences, are traumatic events that can happen to anyone, regardless of age. They can include physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, parental neglect or divorce, or poverty. ACEs can have a huge impact on a person's mental and physical health, leading to a higher risk of depression, anxiety, and other health issues. Fortunately, there are resources available to help those who have experienced ACEs and to help prevent them from happening in the first place. Counseling, therapy, and support groups can help people manage the effects of ACEs and work through the trauma. Additionally, education and awareness can help to reduce the risk of ACEs in the future.
The Iowa Trauma Resource is a statewide effort to reshape systems and communities to help children cope with and recover from Adverse Childhood Experiences. By providing individuals and families with access to resources and support, the Iowa Trauma Resource is dedicated to promoting resilience and long-term well-being for all Iowans. The Resource provides training and technical assistance to organizations, communities, and individuals to ensure the best possible outcomes for children and families. It also offers evidence-based practices, resources, and strategies to help support individuals and families through times of crisis and trauma. The Iowa Trauma Resource is a powerful source of hope and healing for those impacted by ACEs.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Preventing Early Trauma to Improve Adult Health
This section offers resources on preventing childhood trauma, also known as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). With the right tools and resources, families and caregivers can protect children from traumatic experiences in their lives. Our resources include tips and best practices on how to create a safe, stable, and nurturing environment for children, as well as information on how to recognize and respond to signs of trauma.
Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can be an essential part of trauma-related healing. Our Trauma Resource offers a comprehensive guide to understanding ACEs, including information on the different types of ACEs, the long-term impacts of ACEs, and ways to address ACEs.
1 in 6
1 in 6 adults experienced four or more types of ACEs.
5 of 10
At least 5 of the top 10 leading causes of death are associated
Preventing ACEs could reduce the number of adults with depression by as much as 44%.