Reporting Abuse as a professional
We hope to give you an idea of the process to report suspected or known abuse of others. The process of reporting can be a big mystery to some, and can cause apprehension when submitting a report. We hope to take some of the mystery out of that.
Note: mandated reporters are legally required to report actual or suspected abuse, but anyone can report abuse.
The first step in reporting abuse is to call the mandated reporting line for your state as soon as possible, ideally within 24 hours of suspecting the abuse. The process and procedures for reporting varies based on what type of abuse you are reporting. See below for more information.
Note: you can remain anonymous throughout this process if you choose to.
When reporting suspected or known abuse or a child, an elder, or a disabled person, there are certain people within each state that are required to do so no matter what. These people are called “mandated reporters.” Some of the most common mandated reporters include:
Social Services Agencies
Law Enforcement Personnel
Emergency Response Providers
Healthcare, Medical or Dental Service Providers
Each state has its own laws that differ if you are reporting abuse of children, or the elderly/disabled. If the perpetrator of assault or abuse of any adult has access to children, or lives with children it is required that you report the abuse.
After the report
The reporting process may be hard for some, and can even bring up memories of past trauma. As you go through the process, make sure you are practicing self care, and seek a professional mental health expert if needed.
We are not lawyers, and the information on this website does not constitute legal advice. We encourage you to contact a lawyer to discuss your complaint or suit.