Portsmouth

100 Campus Drive, Suite 11

Portsmouth, NH 03801

603.422.8240

Fax: 603.422.8242

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Derry

43 B Birch Street

Derry, NH 03038

About Us

Our History

The Child Advocacy Center of Rockingham County (CACRC) opened its doors
in January of 2000 at the Community Campus building in Portsmouth. At that time
we were New Hampshire's first and only operating CAC in the state. In 2000, the
CACRC served 23 Seacoast area towns and in 2002 expanded to include all 37
towns in Rockingham County. The CACRC attained accredited membership status
with the National Children's Alliance in 2003. That same year, we opened a
second office in Derry, NH to better serve the Western side of the county. To
date, we have provided professional services to over 4,800 children and their
families at no cost to them or taxpayers.

What was before the
CACRC?

Prior to the establishment of CAC's, when abuse was reported the child
was subjected to numerous interviews. A child might be questioned by the
parent, or a teacher who receives the initial disclosure; then by the Police in
whatever space was available, from a holding jail cell to the back of a police
cruiser. Child protective services would then question them at their offices or
in the child’s home. Furthermore, the child would then visit the doctor for an
exam and be questioned, and in some cases the child would be questioned even
more by the local prosecutor. The typical child abuse victim would be
interviewed an average of 9 times by separate people with different questioning
styles and agendas.  

Reducing the Trauma of
Children

Multiple interviews of a child abuse victim increase trauma and are
counterproductive to conducting a solid investigation. The Child Advocacy
Center brings together all parties within the investigation to one child
friendly, neutral location so one interview can be conducted with all relevant
parties represented. Everyone's questions are asked through a trained forensic
investigator skilled at interviewing children. The National Children's
Alliance reports that in municipalities where a Child Advocacy Center is
utilized there is a 40% increase in successful prosecution of child abuse
cases.

Supporting the Community

The CAC not only benefits the child, but also the entire community.
Statistics reflect that children suffering abuse who do not receive a strong
intervention are 67 times more likely to become juvenile offenders. By offering
services to 100% of Rockingham County children that are victimized by abuse,
that is reported, we are making a difference in the life of our community every
day.

To report suspected child abuse or neglect in New Hampshire, call 1-800-894-5533

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