Report Child Abuse

If you suspect a child is being abused, please call the Florida Abuse Hotline.

They can be reached:
By telephone at 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-96-2873)
By fax 1-800-914-0004, fax reporting form
By TDD 1-800-453-5145
Web reporting

Tips to remember:
  1. Believe the child. Abuse does happen. Do not assume the child is making up an issue of child abuse.
  2. Stay calm. Fear and anger may frighten the child.
  3. Give emotional support. Reassure, do not blame, punish or embarrass.
  4. Listen, but do not interrogate. Let the children tell in their own time and in their own way.
  5. Do not make promises you cannot keep. For example, "you'll never have to see them again." "I'll make sure they go to jail."
  6. Call 1-800-96-ABUSE. All professionals working with children are required to report suspicion but anyone with a reasonable suspicion can make a report.

Try to have some basic information available when reporting.
  • Where did the abuse occur? What's the jurisdiction?
  • Give the child's name, age and address.
  • Give the parent's names.
  • Give the name of the suspected abuser and his or her relationship to the child.
  • Name the type of abuse suspected.
  • Name other people who may have knowledge of the abuse.