CLAREMONT, NH–The Claremont Police Department has announced that they have been awarded VOCA (Victim of Crimes Act) grant funds through the NH Department of Justice of approximately $222,000. The Claremont Police Department is collaborating with the following organizations in furtherance of this important project: the Newport Police Department, the Claremont School District, Turning Points Network, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network, and TLC Family Resource Center.
The purpose of the VOCA funds is to
develop an Adverse Childhood Effects Response Team (ACERT) in the Greater
Claremont Area. Adverse Childhood
Experiences (ACEs) describe all types of abuse, neglect, and other potentially
traumatic experiences that people under the age of 18 may experience. ACEs have been linked to risky health
behaviors, chronic health conditions, low life potential and early death. While the presence of ACEs does not
mean that a child will experience poor outcomes, the risk for these outcomes
increases as the number of ACEs increases.
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