Jul 6, 2016 1:04 PM

Manchester team to help children exposed to violence

CONCORD (AP) — Children who witness violence in New Hampshire's largest city will be getting help, thanks to a new partnership among police and behavioral health care providers.

The new Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team grew out of efforts by Manchester police to address a troubling realization: Unlike direct victims of crime, none of the more than 400 children who were exposed to violence in 2014 were provided with advocacy or referral services.

The new team includes a police officer, crisis advocate and behavioral health professional who can quickly respond to incidents and determine what could help the child, such as support groups, counseling or child-parent psychotherapy.

In addition to police, the partnership includes the Manchester Community Health Center and YWCA New Hampshire. It is funded through a grant from the HNH Foundation.

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