If you have reason to believe a child is a victim of child abuse or neglect, it is your duty to report it.  Failure to make a report can be a Class B misdemeanor.

When calling, it is important that you have all of the identifying information in front of you: child’s name, ages of each child, address where abuse is occurring, and description of what you have seen or heard. You may also contact your local law enforcement agency to report abuse or neglect.

Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline
1-800-800-5556
Call 24 hours a day - 7 days a week
Anonymous reports are accepted 

HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:​

Being a parent is one of the hardest and most rewarding jobs in the world but it can be overwhelming at times.

Most parents want to do a good job of raising their children. However, unlike other jobs where you get special training, most parents are left to do the best they can with what they know from their own experience.

 

There’s no need to feel that you are all alone or that no one cares. The Indiana Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline is always here to help you.

The Hotline is staffed by degreed, professional counselors who are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. They can give you advise, answer questions or find help.  They are not there to judge you, but to provide support and help when you need it. There is absolutely no shame in asking for help, it's the first step to your family's success!

 

All calls are anonymous and toll-free.

Do you think you are being abused?

HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • No one has the right to abuse you, not even your parents, friends, teachers, coaches, people at church or babysitters

  • It’s not your fault that you are being treated this way

  • It is wrong that you are suffering this pain, fear or sadness

  • You are not alone. Other kids suffer abuse, too.

  • Sometimes abusers scare or threaten kids so they won’t tell, but you need to tell someone you trust

  • If you are being abused, tell a safe person – that’s someone you can trust like a teacher, counselor, school nurse, neighbor or parent. You can also call the Indiana Child Abuse Hotline to talk to someone you can trust at 1-800-800-5556

  • There are people who care about you and want to help you

  • There will NOT be a charge for the call on your telephone bill if you use a regular phone or a pay phone. If you use a mobile phone or cell phone, there may be a charge and it may show up on the telephone bill. (Don’t use a mobile or cell phone if you want to be sure your call is a secret.) Do not make prank calls to the hotline. This will tie up the phones and keep us from talking to someone who really needs help right away.

  • If you are in danger, call 9-1-1 and police will help you right away.

 

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF:

  • Do not be alone with anyone who hurts you.

  • Listen to the little voice or gut feeling inside you when it says what is being done to you isn’t right

  • Find an adult you trust and tell them what is happening. If they don’t believe you, keep telling other adults until someone does believe you!

  • If you are too nervous or scared to tell someone you know about the abuse, you can call the Indiana Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-800-5556 and they will know exactly what to do and can help you

  • If you are in danger, call 9-1-1 and police will help you right away.

Call the Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline
1-800-800-5556
Call 24 hours a day - 7 days a week
They will HELP you!

ARE YOU IN DANGER?

CALL 9-1-1

Do you know a child who is being abused?

Are you a parent who needs help?

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