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Reporting Child Abuse - Indiana


Under Indiana law, any individual who has reason to believe that a child has been the victim of child abuse or neglect is required to make an oral report within 48 hours of such abuse to the Department of Child Services or to a local law enforcement agency.

Abuse is defined by the statute as inflicting physical injury or death upon a child, creating a substantial risk of physical injury or death for a child or allowing or committing any sex offense against a child, torturing a child or exploiting a child.

Links to the specific sections of the official Indiana Code online are not available. The link to the entire mandatory reporting act in the official Indiana Code online is:


Links to the specific sections summarized above, including definitions, in an unofficial [1] version of the Code online, are available as follows:




For more information on the Indiana reporting statute and the Indiana Child Abuse Hotline, please refer to the Indiana Child Services website:


Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline:


[1] Please note any unofficial sources may not reflect the most current changes in Indiana law and should not be relied upon.