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Reporting Child Abuse - Indiana

Indiana

Under Indiana law, any individual that has reason to believe that a child has been the victim of child abuse or neglect is required to report 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:

http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title31/ar33/ch5.html

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

http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/incode/31/33/5/31-33-5-1
http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/incode/31/33/5/31-33-5-2
http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/incode/31/33/5/31-33-5-4

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

http://www.in.gov/dcs/2971.htm

Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline:
1-800-800-5556



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