On the 24th of July the Department of Early Childhood Education hosted a colloquium on childhood adversity and violence at Future Africa. Dr. Victor Vieth, president of the Academy on Violence Abuse (AVA) and Director of the Zero Abuse Project (USA) was the keynote speaker at the event. Dr. Vieth shared his vast knowledge on childhood adversity and abuse with the audience. He emphasised the long term health effects of childhood adversity and highlighted the preventative measures that can be employed by professionals. Prof. Christiaan Bezuidenhout (UP) presented his work on determining abnormal sexual behaviour and the sexual abuse of children, while Ms. Bronwynn Stollarz focused on threat assessment in the context of youth violence in South Africa. The Academy on Violence and Abuse – South Africa was launched at the event. AVA South Africa headed by Dr. Melanie Moen (UP) will focus on child safety in South Africa.