Welcome to the Merrimack County Advocacy Center webpage!
The Merrimack County Advocacy Center is an independent member of the Granite State Children’s Alliance and an associate member of the National Children’s Alliance.
Based on a nationally recognized model, Child Advocacy Centers are community partnerships dedicated to a coordinated team approach for pursuing the truth in child abuse cases and providing social services to child victims. By bringing together 28 law enforcement agencies in Merrimack County, the Merrimack County Attorney’s Office, the Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), victim advocates from the Crisis Center of Central NH, mental health professionals from Riverbend and other community agencies and medical professionals, the Merrimack County Advocacy Center provides a safe, child friendly environment for interviewing child victims, coordinating the investigative team and providing ongoing help for the victim’s recovery.
Founded in 2009, the Merrimack County Advocacy Center serves over 300 children each year, including victims of physical or sexual abuse and witnesses to violent crimes. Our center is located in Concord, NH, and serves all of Merrimack County. We are a program of Merrimack County and are developing a sustainability plan through the Friends of the Merrimack County Advocacy Center, which will obtain 501(c)3 status this year. Join us November 9th for our First Annual “Evening of Inspiration” at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord!
If you have questions about child abuse in Merrimack County and how you can help prevent it, contact our Executive Director, Bethany Cottrell, or staff at:
The Granite State Children’s Alliance is a strong partner in our fight against child abuse in New Hampshire. Click here, or use the menus above to browse the Granite State Children’s Alliance website. The site contains useful information about how to protect your children, from tips on talking to kids about body safety to keeping them safe on the Internet.