If You Suspect Abuse, Report Abuse Now
If a child discloses they have been abused, remain calm and let the child know you believe them. Listen and let them talk. Ask simple, open-ended questions to gather the information you need to make a report. If a child has not told you they have been abused but you have reason to suspect they have, do not delay, make a report. Do not, however, attempt to conduct your own investigation or interview the child yourself. Gather only the minimal facts needed to make a report and call local Child Protective Services office or police to make an initial report. If the child is in immediate danger or it is an emergency, call 911.
The information needed to make a report includes:
- The child's name, age, and home address
- Name and contact information for the child's parent or caregiver
- Current location of the child
- Nature and extent of abuse (collect only minimal facts from the child, such as who the child identifies as the perpetrator and the type of abuse alleged)