Reporting Abuse

Indiana Abuse Stats Recognizing Abuse

 

Suspected child abuse or neglect should be reported to Child Protective Services (CPS). They operate a 24-hour, 7-day a week hotline:

1-800-800-5556

Prevent Child Abuse Lake County does not take abuse or neglect reports.

Remember, Indiana law requires the reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect. Callers can remain anonymous and are immune from all civil and criminal liability, provided they have made the report in good faith.

When you call CPS, it is important that you have as much identifying information as possible and available at the time of your call: name, age of each child, address, phone number. You may call without this information, but it helps CPS quickly investigate. When you are describing a situation, remain calm and maintain a “factual” manner with dates, eyewitness observations and direct conversations. Biased language is often a “red flag” for a CPS report, which is why it is important to keep your report factual.