To Report Suspected Abuse Call DCYF at (800) 894-5533 - For Emergencies Dial 911

CAC Services

How We Help

Forensic Interview

A forensic interview is a neutral fact finding interview to find out what happened.

Referrals for Medical Evaluations/Exams

The multidisciplinary team may decide your child needs a medical exam. Exams are typically needed if the abuse happened within 72 hours or if the child is complaining of pain or has an obvious injury. Medical exams can also be an important part of the healing process.

Referrals for Mental Health

Professional counseling may help you and your child through this trauma. The Child Advocacy Center staff and the crisis center advocate will help you with information on local child therapists.

The effects of abuse can vary greatly from person to person. The important thing to know is that professional support may reduce long term negative effects of abuse by helping your child develop the necessary coping skills they will need to heal.

 

For additional information, please view these useful brochures:

KNOW & TELL

If a child tells you that he or she has been hurt or you are concerned that a child may be the victim of any type of abuse or neglect, you are required to call the Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) Central Intake Unit at:

Telephone: (800) 894-5533
Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday - Friday)

Call your local police department with urgent child abuse or neglect reports during DCYF non-work hours (between 4:30 PM and 8:00 AM or on weekends and holidays).

Proof of abuse and neglect is not required to make a report and you may report anonymously.