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If You Suspect Abuse

In 2012, the State of Oregon received over 69,000 reports of abuse or neglect, and 17 children died due to abuse or neglect. You can help these children!


If you suspect a child is being abused, call police or the Department of Human Services Child Welfare Program. For a list of types of abuse recognized by Oregon law, click here.

You do not have to give your name, though it is helpful to investigators. There is no cost to make a report, and if the investigation reveals that no abuse is occurring, you will not get in trouble for making a “false” report as long as you honestly believed a child was in danger.


Members of certain professions are required by law to report any suspicion of child abuse. These professions include:

  • Attorneys
  • Certified providers of foster care or their employees
  • Childcare providers
  • Chiropractors
  • Members of the clergy
  • Court-appointed special advocates
  • Dentists
  • Doctors, including interns and residents
  • Emergency medical technicians
  • Employees of the Department of Human Services
  • Child Care Division of the Employment Department, the Oregon Youth Authority, county health departments, community mental health and developmental disabilities programs, county juvenile departments, licensed child-caring agencies, or alcohol and drug treatment programs
  • Firefighters
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Licensed marriage and family therapists
  • Licensed practical nurse or registered nurses
  • Licensed professional counselors
  • Naturopathic physicians
  • Optometrists
  • Peace officers
  • Teachers and school personnel

For a full list of mandatory reporters read current Oregon Law: http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/419B.010