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Can we prevent the Adverse Childhood Experiences that reduce quality and length of life?

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Violence Prevention

Abuse, neglect, and other traumatic experiences in childhood can shorten lives by 20 years and cost society almost $84 billion in lost productivity.

We call these Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and this infographic tells you the story of the dramatic links between ACEs, risky behavior and psychological issues. Safe, stable and nurturing relationships help prevent ACEs and ensure that children are able to live their lives to their fullest potential.

View the entire, interactive graphic on

ACE Infographic - What Are ACEs

ACE Infographic - How Common are ACEs

ACE Infographic - How Do ACEs Affect Our Lives

ACE Infographic - How Do ACEs Affect Our Society

ACE_The ACE Studt Continues

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