Mitigating Risk and Supporting Protective Factors to Prevent Child Maltreatment

Rebecca Girardet*, Sara Nozadi*, Shelley Alonso-Marsden*

Child maltreatment exacts enormous personal and societal costs occurring both in the short-term and throughout individual lifespans and affecting future generations. New Mexico ranks poorly in measures of child abuse and neglect, and in measures of known risk factors for child maltreatment.

Abatement of child maltreatment must be an integral component of UNM’s mission in order for the institution to accomplish the goal of improving the lives of all New Mexicans. Mission success will require a coordinated, scientifically-driven, multidisciplinary team approach, addressing multiple elements across the social ecology, including economics, physical and mental health, and environmental well-being.