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
  • three times more likely to smoke
  • seven 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.

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

Read more about ACEs on the World Health Oganisation website here