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Report Child Abuse

Do you know or suspect a child is being abused or neglected? Please report it now.

The Child Abuse Hotline is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. The name of the person making the call or report will be kept in confidence.

Call:1-800-342-3720

What is considered child abuse?

An abused child is defined as a child younger than 18 years old whose parent or person legally responsible for his/her care:

  • Inflicts or allows to be inflicted upon the child serious physical injury by other than accidental means; or
  • Creates or allows to be created a substantial risk of such injury; or
  • Commits or allows to be committed against the child a sexual offense as defined in the penal law.

What is considered child maltreatment or neglect?

Maltreatment is defined as a child younger than 18 years old whose physical, mental, or emotional condition has been impaired, or is likely to be impaired as a result of a parent or the person legally responsible for the child failing to exercise a minimum degree of care in:

  • Supplying the child with necessary food, clothing, shelter, education, or medical care;
  • Providing the child with proper supervision or guardianship;
  • Unreasonably inflicting, or allowing to be inflicted, harm or excessive corporal punishment;
  • Using drugs or alcohol to the extent that the parent loses control of his/her actions.