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Child Abuse

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Response

How to Report Child Abuse Cases

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Child Welfare Information Gateway website contains a listing of toll-free numbers for specific agencies designated to receive and investigate reports of suspected child abuse and neglect in each state. To identify the appropriate agency to contact in a specific state, see the State Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Numbers page.

Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse series provides practical information on the investigation of child abuse and neglect.

Publications and Online Materials

Child Welfare Outcomes
Administration for Children and Families, Annual

Child Abuse or Accident? Bringing Science to Pediatric Emergency Departments and Forensic Investigations
National Institute of Justice, February 2021

2019 Annual Report to Congress: Victims of Child Abuse Reauthorization Act
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, September 2020

In Focus: Children's Advocacy Centers
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, July 2020

National Children's Alliance Annual Report 2019
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, April 2020

Penalties for Failure to Report and False Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect
Child Welfare Information Gateway, February 2019

Child Physical Abuse: A Guide to the CAC Response
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, April 2018

Development and Validation of A New Pediatric Head Injury Assessment Tool For Possible Child Abuse Cases Considering Subject-Specific Child Head Anatomy
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, February 2018

Representation of Children in Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings
Child Welfare Information Gateway, December 2017

Safe Routes Program
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, October 2017

Healing, Justice, and Trust: A National Report on Outcomes for Children's Advocacy Centers
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, April 2017

The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit
Office for Victims of Crime, April 2017

Enhanced Resource Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, May 2016

For additional and historical items from the Office of Justice Programs on this and other topics, see the Publications listing.

Related Resources

Administration for Children and Families - Children's Bureau
As the oldest federal agency for children, the Children's Bureau within the Administration for Children and Families has primary responsibility for administering federal child welfare programs. The Children's Bureau seeks to provide for the safety, permanency, and well-being of children through leadership, support for necessary services, and productive partnerships.

Changing Minds
Launched as part of the Department of Justice's Defending Childhood Initiative, the Changing Minds national campaign seeks to raise awareness, teach skills, and inspire public action to address children's exposure to violence and trauma.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
A service of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.

CrimeSolutions
The National Institute of Justice's CrimeSolutions website is meant to help practitioners and policymakers understand what works in justice-related programs and practices.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Violent Crimes Against Children (VCAC)/Online Predators
The mission of the VCAC program is to provide a rapid, proactive, and comprehensive capacity to counter threats of child abuse and exploitation when those crimes fall under FBI jurisdiction and authority.

National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association
Supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, National CASA Association is a network of nearly 1,000 programs that recruit, train and support volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings.

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
OVC is committed to enhancing the Nation's capacity to assist crime victims and to providing leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. Visit OVC's Child and Youth Victimization page for topical resources.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
OJJDP provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. See the Responding to Child Abuse section of the OJJDP site for more information.

Date Modified: March 17, 2021
Date Created: August 14, 2020