Adverse Childhood Experiences

Our program understands the importance of using the best available evidence to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences and reduce further harm of individuals from other forms of injuries and violence. To assist our program with the best available evidence, our program relies on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention technical package: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences: Leveraging the Next Available Evidence: A Technical Package.  for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities. as its guide. We focus on individuals, families, relationships, and communities to broaden societal change.

To learn more about the VDH Injury and Violence Prevention efforts, keep scrolling down.

To learn more about CDC’s vision, visit


For more information on The VDH Injury and Violence Prevention Program funded programs addressing ACEs, please visit

Intervening to lessen harms and prevent future risk

The VDH Injury and Violence Prevention Program Safe Environment for Every Kid (SEEK) model: Developed by the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland (UMD), SEEK is an evidence-based model to address child abuse and neglect, with the goal to strengthen families and promote positive parenting, leading to positive child health, wellness, development and safety outcomes, and ultimately working to prevent child abuse and neglect. SEEK places an emphasis on screening and referrals for common child abuse and neglect risk factors, which have shown to lead to child maltreatment, inclusive of parental depression and severe stress, unhealthy substance use, harsh punishment, intimate partner conflict, food insecurity, among others. To learn more about SEEK, visit

The VDH Injury and Violence Prevention Program Drug Overdose Prevention Program: Medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Our program trains healthcare providers to clinically manage opioid treatment approaches for substance use disorders. For more information on training resources, visit

Access to community resources and healthcare

Unite Virginia is a coordinated care network of health and social service providers. Partners in the network are connected through Unite Us‘ shared technology platform, which enables them to send and receive electronic referrals, address people’s social needs, and improve health across communities.

The VDH Injury and Violence Prevention Program works with the Virginia Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics to stand up the Bridge2ResourcesVA platform. This platform is to provide open access to community resources. Visit Bridge2ResourcesVA here: 

Strengthening economic supports to families

The VDH Injury and Violence Prevention Program Low Income Safety Seat Distribution and Education Program: Free child safety seats and booster seats are available for income eligible children. Parents, foster parents and legal guardians of children who reside in Virginia may apply. To learn more, visit

The VDH Injury and Violence Prevention Program supports collaborative partners to message their initiatives in strengthening household financial security.

The Virginia WIC Program. WIC stands for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. The Program provides nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, supplemental nutritious foods, counseling at WIC clinics, and screening and referrals to other health, welfare, and social services. The goal of the Program is to improve the health of pregnant women, infants and children (under 5 years) through better nutrition and access to health care. To be eligible for the WIC Program, applicants must meet categorical, residential, income, and nutrition risk requirements. To learn more about WIC and how to apply for benefits:

Virginia Medicaid. The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services. To learn more about Virginia’s Medicaid and FAMIS programs for children, pregnant women and adults, visit

The Virginia Department of Social Services: DSS develops and administers programs that provide timely and accurate income support benefits and employment services to families and individuals in the Commonwealth. These programs assist citizens as they transition from dependency on public assistance programs to self-sufficiency. To learn more, visit

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD): DHCD offers many resources to assist with housing needs, from housing rehabilitation to homebuyer resources. To learn more, visit

Ensuring a strong start for children

The VDH Injury and Violence Prevention Program supports collaborative partners to message their initiatives in ensuring a strong start for children.

The VDH Family Home Visiting program and partners: Evidence-based and evidence-informed home visiting is a voluntary early childhood strategy that can enhance parenting and promote the growth and development of young children beginning during pregnancy. Home visiting programs are focused, individualized, and culturally competent services for expectant parents, young children and their families within safe homes and connected communities. These programs are made available in the home and help families strengthen attachment and promote optimal development of their children, promote health and safety, and reduce the risk of child maltreatment. To learn more, visit