Growing Awareness and Building Community

The ACEs Indiana Coalition is dedicated to growing awareness on Adverse Childhood Experiences and building self healing communities. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events in a child's life that can have negative and lasting effects on a person's physical, mental and emotional health. In addition, self healing communities focus on the implementation of trauma-informed interventions, local policy improvements and paradigm shifts in how we assist children and families. Through self healing communities and appropriate interventions we can help individuals heal from Adverse Childhood Experiences. 



Here at the ACEs Indiana Coalition we are comprised of professionals from around the state. Our backgrounds and fields vary so that we each bring a unique perspective to this initiative. Our goal is to bring awareness to the effects of childhood trauma and help communities build support in the human services sector. In addition, we are focused on building trauma-informed, self healing communities and programs. By doing so we can help prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences from occurring. 

* If you are struggling with the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences please reach out to a local mental health provider or find more resources under our resources tab


"Today I believe that adverse childhood experiences and the wide-ranging health and social problems they generate are our Nation’s leading public health problem — bar none. ACEs are highly predictive of many of our Nation’s worst health and social problems. The good news, however, is that what is predictive is preventable." 

Rob Anda, MD, MS Co-Principal Investigator and Co-Founder

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study


445 N Pennsylvania Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204



©2020 by ACEs Indiana Coalition. 

ACE questions refer to the respondent’s first 18 years of life. 

  • Abuse

    • Emotional abuse: A parent, stepparent, or adult living in your home swore at you, insulted you, put you down, or acted in a way that made you afraid that you might be physically hurt.

    • Physical abuse: A parent, stepparent, or adult living in your home pushed, grabbed, slapped, threw something at you, or hit you so hard that you had marks or were injured.

    • Sexual abuse: An adult, relative, family friend, or stranger who was at least 5 years older than you ever touched or fondled your body in a sexual way, made you touch his/her body in a sexual way, attempted to have any type of sexual intercourse with you.

  • Household Challenges

    • Mother treated violently: Your mother or stepmother was pushed, grabbed, slapped, had something thrown at her, kicked, bitten, hit with a fist, hit with something hard, repeatedly hit for over at least a few minutes, or ever threatened or hurt by a knife or gun by your father (or stepfather) or mother’s boyfriend.

    • Substance abuse in the household: A household member was a problem drinker or alcoholic or a household member used street drugs.

    • Mental illness in the household: A household member was depressed or mentally ill or a household member attempted suicide.

    • Parental separation or divorce: Your parents were ever separated or divorced.

    • Incarcerated household member: A household member went to prison.

  • Neglect 

    • Emotional neglect: Someone in your family helped you feel important or special, you felt loved, people in your family looked out for each other and felt close to each other, and your family was a source of strength and support

    • Physical neglect: There was someone to take care of you, protect you, and take you to the doctor if you needed it, you didn’t have enough to eat, your parents were too drunk or too high to take care of you, and you had to wear dirty clothes.