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Reporting Child Abuse - West Virginia

West Virginia

Under West Virginia law, certain professionals (including doctors and medical professionals, religious healers, mental health professionals, teachers and school personnel, social workers, child care providers, law enforcement officers, judges, youth camp administrators, employees, coaches, volunteers of an entity that provides organized youth activities and commercial film developers) are required to report known or suspected child abuse to the Department of Health and Human Resources within forty-eight (48)hours. Any reports of sexual abuse or abuse resulting in serious injury must be made to the State Police and any law enforcement agency.

Child abuse is defined as physical injury, mental injury, emotional injury, sexual abuse and exploitation.

To access the entire child abuse chapter in the official West Virginia Code online, follow:


For more information of reporting abuse in West Virginia, visit the Department of Health and Human Resources website at the following links:



To find contact information for your local department of health and human resources, follow this link:


To report child abuse in West Virginia, call:

Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline