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Reporting Child Abuse - New Mexico

New Mexico

Under New Mexico law, every person, including certain listed professionals, who knows of, or reasonably suspects, child abuse or neglect is required to immediately make a report of that abuse to a local law enforcement agency, the Department of Children, Youth and Families or to a tribal law enforcement or social services agency.

Child abuse is defined to include physical, mental, sexual abuse or neglect. Council is defined as the Substitute Care Advisory Council established and Relative is defined as a person related to another person by blood within the fifth degree of consanguinity or through marriage by the fifth degree of affinity.

Links to the specific sections of the official New Mexico Code online are not available. The mandatory child abuse reporting act is located in Chapter 32A (Children’s Code), Subtitle 4 (Child Abuse and Neglect), Sections 32A-4-1 through 32A-4-34. The link to the entire official New Mexico Code online is:


Links to the specific sections summarized above, including definitions, in an unofficial [1] version of the New Mexico Code online, are available as follows:



For more information about reporting child abuse and tips on spotting abuse, visit:


To report abuse or neglect, call:


Cell phones: #SAFE (#7233)

[1] Please note any unofficial sources may not reflect the most current changes in New Mexico law and should not be relied upon.