How to Report Child Abuse
* Publication by the NJ Department of Children & Families
In New Jersey, anyone with reasonable cause to believe a child is being abused should immediately call the Child Abuse Hotline. If the child is in immediate danger, call 911 as well as 1-877 NJ ABUSE. You can call anonymously and do not need proof to report an allegation of child abuse. The Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Whenever possible, a caller should provide all of the following information:
Who: The child and parent/caregiver’s name, age and address and the name of the alleged abuser and that person’s relationship to the child.
What: Type and frequency of alleged abuse/neglect, current or previous injuries to the child and what caused you to become concerned.
When: When the alleged abuse/neglect occurred and when you learned of it.
Where: Where the incident occurred, where the child is now and whether the alleged abuser has access to the child.
How: How urgent the need is for intervention and whether there is a likelihood of imminent danger for the child.
Any person who, in good faith, makes a report of child abuse or neglect or testifies in a child abuse hearing resulting from such a report is immune from any criminal or civil liability as a result of such action. All calls to the hotline can remain ANONYMOUS.
Any person who knowingly fails to report suspected abuse or neglect according to the law or to comply with the provisions of the law is a disorderly person and subject to a fine of up to $1,000 or up to six month imprisonment, or both.
When a report indicates that a child my be at risk, an investigation from the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) will promptly investigate the allegations of child abuse and neglect within 24 hours of receipt of the report.
DYFS investigations are confidential. But please be assured that all allegations of abuse and neglect will be promptly investigated. You call is very important and greatly appreciated.