Prevent Child Abuse in New Mexico
What is child abuse and neglect in New Mexico?
Under New Mexico law (2A-4-2, NMSA, 1978):
Physical abuse includes:
- Cases in which a child exhibits evidence of a skin bruising, bleeding, malnutrition, failure to thrive, burns, fracture of a bone, subdural hematoma, tissue swelling or death, AND
- There is not a justifiable explanation for the condition or death.
Sexual abuse includes:
- Criminal sexual contact
- Incest or criminal sexual penetration
- Sexual exploitation (acts such as allowing, permitting or encouraging a child to engage in prostitution or obscene or pornographic photographing, or filming a child for obscene or pornographic commercial purposes)
- The abandonment of a child by a parent, guardian or custodian.
- The failure of a parent, guardian or custodian to provide a child with proper parental care and control or subsistence, education, medical or other care or control necessary for the child’s well-being.
- When a child is physically or sexually abused and the child’s parent, guardian or custodian knew or should have known of the abuse and failed to take reasonable steps to protect the child from further harm.
- Parental inability to discharge their responsibilities to and for the child because of parental incarceration, hospitalization, or physical or mental disorder or incapacity.
According to the Child Welfare League of America, there were 8,577 victims of abuse or neglect in New Mexico in 2017, a rate of 17.6 per 1,000 children. Of these children, 80.2% were neglected, 12.2% were physically abused, and 2.6% were sexually abused.
Who is a mandated reporter according to NM state requirements?
Every person who knows or has reasonable suspicion that a child is being abused or neglected in New Mexico must report the matter immediately to CYFD’s Statewide Central Intake child abuse hotline, to law enforcement, or the appropriate tribal identity.
Specific professionals mentioned under New Mexico law as mandated reporters are: licensed physicians, residents or interns, law enforcement officers, judges presiding during a proceeding, nurses, school teachers, school officials, social workers, and members of the clergy who have information not privileged as a matter of law.
How do I report child abuse in New Mexico?
You can report suspected child abuse or neglect anytime by:
- calling #SAFE (#7233) from a cell phone
- calling 1-855-333-SAFE (1-855-333-SAFE (7233)
How do I get free online child abuse training?
Use the code STAYSAFE to enroll in Creating Safe Environments for Organizations, a free online training class. Leaders in organizations use this free online course to explore child abuse prevention best practices and help prevent child abuse in New Mexico.
Looking for online child abuse training for individuals?
How do I contact the NM Department of Children, Youth, and Families?
Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your organization and circumstances and align with what your state Department of Children, Youth, and Families requires. The state requirements and child abuse and human trafficking statistics listed on this page are current as of May 13th, 2021 to meet the best information available. State requirements may change and it is your responsibility to know your state mandated reporter requirements and the process for online child abuse prevention training. Compass Child Protection Training can not guarantee acceptance by your school, organization, or state Department of Children, Youth, and Families. If there is a child abuse emergency, call 911 immediately.