For Child Abuse and Neglect

In case of an emergency, call 911.

Abuse occurs in all types of relationships and among people with varying backgrounds of age, race, religion, financial status, sexual orientation and education. Child abuse includes physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse, as well as neglect. Protecting children from abuse and neglect is a community responsibility. Most adults want to help, but are unsure of how to get involved. Figuring out what to do can be a difficult and confusing process. If you think a child is being abused or neglected, you should report it as soon as you become aware of it. Do not wait, as time can make a difference! If an incident has happened within the last 96 hours (4 days), an immediate medical assessment may be necessary.

5 children die every day in this country due to abuse and neglect.

Contact your local child protective services or law enforcement agency to make a report of suspected abuse or neglect. You should try to include the following information, although it is not required:

  • The name and address of the child you suspect is being abused or neglected
  • The age of the child
  • The name and address of the parent(s) or guardian
  • The name of the person you suspect is abusing or neglecting the child and the address, if available
  • The reason you suspect the child is being abused or neglected
  • Any other information that may be helpful to the investigation

If you need to report child abuse or neglect, please call Child Protective Services in your county, for a full list, click here.

The Center for Family Safety and Healing
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-8200