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Reporting Child Abuse

Reviewed 04/06/2022
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RSA 169-C: 29-39 is the law that requires the reporting of child abuse in New Hampshire. These sections explain who is required to report, what happens when a report is made, and what the penalties are for knowingly violating the requirement to report. The reporting statute was originally enacted in 1965, applying only to physicians. (Laws 1965, 193:1). It was amended in 1971 to extend the reporting requirement to all persons and to provide a $200 fine for its violation. (Laws 1971, 531:2). Later, the penalty section was amended to provide that a violation would constitute a misdemeanor, which is where it stands today.