Child Abuse: Reporting Numbers
A lot of people don't realize it, but every day in the United States thousands of kids are abused and neglected. That adds up to millions of kids each year.
Often children and teens are abused or neglected by the people who are closest to them like family, friends, sitters, neighbors and sometimes even teachers and coaches. These are the very people that children should feel the safest with.
Childhelp® is a national organization that provides crisis assistance and other counseling and referral services. If you need help or have questions about child abuse or child neglect, call the toll-free Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). It is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with professional crisis counselors. All calls are anonymous. (The Hotline counselors don't know who you are and you don't have to tell them.)
You can call this number if you live in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands.
If you use a mobile phone or cell phone, there may be a charge and it may show up on the telephone bill. Don't use a mobile or cell phone if you want to be sure your call is a secret. But please...do not make prank calls to the Hotline. This will tie up the phones and keep us from talking to someone who really needs help right away.
Most abused children suffer greater emotional than physical damage. An abused child may become depressed. He or she may withdraw, think of suicide or become violent. An older child may use drugs or alcohol, try to run away or abuse others.
Child abuse is a serious problem. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, or if you are a child who is being maltreated, contact your local child protective services office or law enforcement agency so professionals can assess the situation.
Many States have a toll-free number to call to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Look up the number to call in your state in the State Child Abuse Reporting Numbers.