Reporting Abuse/Trauma

Every citizen, whether a mandatory reporter or not, should report suspected abuse. If you suspect any child is being abused, please call the Hotline for your state or area. You DO NOT NEED PROOF that a child has been abused or neglected to make a report, only reasonable suspicion. The authorities will determine if abuse or neglect is occurring.

For a list of state reporting hotlines, visit

Additional Information for Schools/Educators

MBF Child Safety Matters
MBF Child Safety Matters is a comprehensive, research-based, primary prevention program designed to educate and empower students, school personnel, and adults with information and strategies to prevent bullying, cyberbullying, digital abuse, and all types of child abuse.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has put together an extensive library of resources to assist school personnel with helping students who have been victims of violence, neglect, bullying and/or abuse.

CALiO (the Child Abuse Library Online by the National Children’s’ Advocacy Center) is one of the largest professional resource collections available today, providing access to published knowledge, educational materials and resources related to child maltreatment and victimization. CALiO provides a comprehensive collection of research literature, databases, statistical references, how-tos and much more, including a dedicated polyvictimizaiton page and polyvictimization training series.

Additional Information for Parents/Caregivers

Parents and caregivers play an important role in helping children recover from traumatic events. By learning more about how these events affect children (behaviorally, emotionally, physically and psychologically), you will better understand and therefore be better prepared to help them cope.

Knowing that you and other caring adults are in their corner and are working to keep them safe can have a huge impact on their ability to recover and go on to live healthy and productive lives.

Check out the National Child Traumatic Stress Network for resources to help you help your child.