Child Maltreatment

Child maltreatment is a key cause of toxic stress, which damages the brain’s architecture and can lead to diminished cognitive, social/ emotional and health outcomes. That is why it is essential that communities put in place supports and services such as high quality child care, home-visiting, and developmental screening, which can prevent and reduce toxic stress.

Data Source: NH Deparment of Health and Human Services, Division of Children Youth and Families. Bridges - NH SACWIS reporting system.

Data Notes: "Accepted assessments" are the number of abuse and/or neglect reports investigated on families by NH Department of Health and Human Services. "Alleged child victims" are the number of individual children/youth with an allegation of abuse or neglect in the families with accepted assessments.

Related Research: Much of the foundational research on the health and social consequences of early adversity is referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Read about the history of the research, as well as ongoing community initiatives to prevent ACEs, here.