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Research from the CDC shows that more than 60 percent of adults report having had a least one adverse childhood experience (ACE), and nearly 25 percent report three or more. The most prevalent are emotional abuse, parental separation or divorce, and household substance abuse. But other examples include physical abuse, domestic violence in the home, and emotional and physical neglect.
It may sound odd, but many people who were victimized by their families don’t fully realize it until they are well into adulthood. Growing up in a home with addiction and abuse creates very distinct and predictable dynamics.
Today's special guests, sisters and survivors Ronni Tichenor and Jennie Weaver found a way to emerge from a tragic cycle of inter-generational trauma and abuse. The authors share it in their book Healing Begins With Us: Breaking the Cycle of Trauma and Abuse and Rebuilding the Sibling bond.
Ronni Tichenor has a PhD in sociology, specializing in family studies, from the University of Michigan. Jennie Weaver received her degree from the Vanderbilt School of Nursing and is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with over 25 years of experience in family practice and mental health.