The neuro-biological impact of major adverse childhood experiences can have ripple effects well into the future. Major childhood adversities like Childhood Domestic Violence (CDV) – when no caring adults is in present to help buffer their impact – tend to lead to chronic stress responses or toxic stress. Toxic stress damages the architecture of the developing brain, which in turn leads to a myriad of lifelong negative consequences related to physical and mental health, behavior, and relationships.

A caring adult can do a lot to help reduce or offset much of the negative impact by providing a buffer against the toxic stress in the form of support and positive reinforcement, as well as modeling healthy coping mechanisms that further a child’s resiliency and capacity to overcome the impact. With little effort, caring adults can have a big impact.

To read more and watch the video, click here for the full guide, “Toxic Stress Derails Health Development” by the Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University,

CDVA’s unprecedented CHANGE A LIFE online program – the first of its kind globally, built by the leading researcher on children and domestic violence and endorsed by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF – can train any caring adult in 40 minutes or less how to step in and become THE ONE for a child impacted by a major adversity. Best of all, the program is self administered and free. Visit CHANGE A LIFE to learn more.