How To Report Abuse
Be aware and report suspected abuse to the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-877-237-0004. Child Abuse prevention and response is an adult’s responsibility, it is both a moral decision and a legal obligation. Our children’s health and happiness depends on your awareness and assistance spreading the word that child abuse is not acceptable.
T.C.A.37.1.403: “(a) (1) Any person who has knowledge of or is called upon to render aid to any child who is suffering from or has sustained any wound, injury, disability, or physical or mental condition shall report such harm immediately if the harm is of such a nature as to reasonably indicate that it has been caused by brutality, abuse or neglect or that, on the basis of available information, reasonably appears to have been caused by brutality, abuse or neglect.”
What will I need to provide when making a report?
When you contact the Hotline, an Intake Specialist will ask you for information about the circumstances creating harm to the child including information about the parties involved (victim, parent(s)/guardian(s), perpetrator), what occurred, when and where it occurred, the extent of any injuries sustained, and any other relevant information.
You will be asked to provide:
1. Child Information: name, age, date of birth, address, current location, person caring for child, and need/receiving medical treatment.
2. Parent/Guardian Information: name, address, phone number as well as any domestic violence, substance abuse, criminal history, mental health issues, or family history with Dept. Children’s Services
3. Alleged Perpetrator Information: name, address, phone number, relation to the child, behavioural issues, and other children who may be at risk
4. Physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect allegations: what happened, when, where, timeframe, and specific conditions
Even if you are unable to provide all of the information above, please contact the Hotline to make a report if you suspect any child is a victim of child abuse or neglect.
If a child shares information with you:
• Remain calm; do not overreact
• Believe the child
• Allow the child to talk but do not press them or overwhelm with questions
• Show interest and concern
• Reassure and support the child
• Do not blame or minimize the child’s feelings
• Do not promise anything you cannot control
• Do not confront the offender
• Do take action, you could save a child’s life
If you know or suspect child abuse, report by calling the Department of Children’s Services
1-877-237-0004, this phone line is staffed 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
Additional Contact Numbers:
Department of Children’s Services Warren and Van Buren Counties: 931-473-1524
District Attorney General’s Office Warren and Van Buren Counties: 931-473-9572
McMinnville Police Department: 931-473-3808
Spencer Police Dept 931-946-2118
Warren County Sheriff’s Department: 931-473-7863
Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department: 931-946-2118
JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT!