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Reporting Child Abuse - New Jersey

New Jersey

Under New Jersey law, any person that knows of or suspects child abuse is required to immediately report such abuse to the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services by telephone or otherwise. The statute defines abuse to include physical, mental and sexual abuse.

To access the entire child abuse chapter of the official New Jersey Code online, follow:

http://lis.njleg.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/om_isapi.dll?clientID=591678&Depth=2&depth=2&expandheadings=on&headingswithhits=on&hitsperheading=on&infobase=statutes.nfo&record={35E2}&softpage=Doc_Frame_PG42
http://lis.njleg.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/om_isapi.dll?clientID=591715&Depth=2&depth=2&expandheadings=on&headingswithhits=on&hitsperheading=on&infobase=statutes.nfo&record={35E0}&softpage=Doc_Frame_PG42

On June 17, 2013 S.B. 2865 was introduced and referred to committee. As proposed, S.B. 2865 would expand the definition of “abused child” and “abused or neglected child” to include prenatal exposure of a child to controlled substances. The text of S.B. 2865 can be viewed online at:

http://njlegislature.org/index.html

For more information on reporting child abuse in New Jersey and tips on spotting abuse, visit the Department of Children and Families website at:

http://www.nj.gov/dcf/abuse/how/
http://www.nj.gov/dcf/abuse/defining/
http://www.nj.gov/dcf/abuse/hotline/
http://www.nj.gov/dcf/abuse/indicators/
http://www.nj.gov/dcf/reporting/record/

To report child abuse, call the New Jersey Child Abuse Hotline at:
1-877 NJ ABUSE