Child Abuse & Neglect
Sometimes, though not always, people who abuse their partner or spouse also abuse their children. This is sometimes referred to as the "co-occurrence" of domestic violence and child abuse/neglect.
If you are a victim of domestic violence and you have children and/or your children are victims of physical, sexual or emotional abuse, visit our reading list to learn more about how to support your children.
If you are considering divorce or you are divorced and you are concerned about custody issues, visit "Divorce & Custody."
Child Abuse & Neglect: Criminal Law
Child abuse, including physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect, is a crime.
- New Hampshire Laws Related to Child Abuse and Neglect
- Vermont Laws Related to Child Abuse and Neglect
Reporting Child Abuse/Neglect
- Child Abuse Reporting Laws
- To Make a Report
The Child Protection System & Your Family
If you, or someone else, have filed a report of suspected abuse or neglect of your child, a WISE Advocate may be able to help you work with child protective services. For more information, please call WISE (866-348-9473) and/or see the links below.
- What Happens After a Report is Made?
As you look through the pages of this section, please keep in mind:
Internet Safety: There are many ways for an abuser to track your computer or internet use. In many cases, it may be safer to use a computer that your abuser has never had access to, such as a computer in a public library, community technology center, or at the home of a trusted friend. To learn more about protecting yourself while using the internet, visit the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Internet Safety Page.
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