Violence is just one part of childhood trauma. So why are we focusing so much on childhood violence?

I couldn’t agree more with this articles findings. I see things in my adult life that stem from these things in my childhood. Finally realizing this at the age of 42. I’ve found this out by researching what I am finding in my own children due to a situation that I feel effects my children. In the process I found how impactful my childhood has been in my adult years. Very good article.

ACEs Too High

Awhack Whac-A-Mole players (photo by Laura)

Many people and organizations focus on preventing violence with the belief that if our society can stop violence against children, then most childhood trauma will be eradicated.

However, research that has emerged over the last 20 years clearly shows that focusing primarily on violence prevention – physical and sexual abuse, in particular – doesn’t eliminate the trauma that children experience, and won’t even prevent further violence.

“Although violence can beget violence, it’s hardly the only cause of violence,” says Dr. Vincent Felitti, co-principal investigator of the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study), groundbreaking epidemiological research that showed a direct link between 10 types of childhood trauma and the adult onset of chronic disease, mental illness, violence and being a victim of violence, among many other consequences.

“Basically there’s lots of other ways,” he says. “Humiliating people. Isolating people. Verbally provoking them…

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