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Spring 4-2023


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), described as traumatic experiences happening within childhood in a study conducted by Kaiser Permanente and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, are delved into in relation to the effects of trauma on well-being and individual health. A literature review is conducted around ACEs within an environment where domestic violence or interpersonal violence is present exploring the dynamics between the two, societal and generational influences, and present preventative approaches utilizing knowledge around both domestic violence and ACEs. Based on information found through a review of literature, an intervention is proposed in the form of an Awareness Training at Morning Star Sanctuary, an emergency domestic violence shelter. Held for individuals residing in the shelter, education around ACEs in a domestic violence setting is proposed to foster knowledge and empowerment, establish key strategies for managing traumatic reactions, and reduce stigma and shame within the family system.