What are ACEs?

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1. Adverse Childhood Experiences

These refer to any type of abuse, maltreatment or neglect that impacts the lives of children. Examples include:
• Emotional abuse
• Sexual abuse
• Domestic violence
• Substance abuse (both by children and parents)
• Emotional abuse
• Sexual abuse
• Domestic violence
• Substance abuse (both by children and parents)

2. Adverse Community Experiences

These refer to thenegative social or economic factors that can impair quality of life. They can often compound the impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences. Examples include:
• Poverty
• Discrimination of any kind
• Community disruption or violence
• Low housing quality and affordability
• Lack of opportunities
• Bullying
At CAPS we believe that ACEs should not determine a child’s destiny. Our early intervention programs are designed to build resilience in vulnerable children and help them to grow into happy and healthy adults. We want to raise the awareness of ACEs in Australian society and work with governments everywhere to develop the programs and policies needed to ensure that ACEs do not have life-long impacts on children and adult survivors of abuse.

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