The Need

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) such as abuse, neglect or dysfunctional home environments can significantly affect our health, behaviours and life expectancy.

Evidence suggests those who experience ACEs are:

  • more likely to underperform academically
  • twice as likely to binge drink
  • 3 times more likely to smoke
  • 7 times more likely to be involved in violence
  • 11 times more likely to use heroin or crack, and
  • 11 times more likely to be incarcerated.

Furthermore, people who experienced ACEs tend to then raise their own children in an environment where ACEs are more common. Read more about ACEs on the World Health Oganisation website here

Breaking this harmful cycle of abuse, neglect and dysfunction is the fundamental purpose of everything we do.