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Abuse

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​To report suspected child abuse, call the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline at ​​ 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).​​​​

​​​​​Child Abuse in Oregon

The first step toward helping is to recognize signs of child abuse. Children often can’t or won’t speak up if their parents, caregivers, or third-party individuals are abusing them. They rely on you and others in the community to recognize when something isn’t right and to act upon your suspicions in order to​ help protect them.

Warning signs include: 

  • Physical signs present on the child 
  • Behavioral signs or statements made by the child, or
  • Behavioral signs or statements made by the parent or ​caregiver. 

Any single concern may or may not mean that abuse is occurring. But observing any of these indicators — especially when more than one is present —​ should prompt you to think about what might be happening and report your suspicions.​

Oregon’s children are relying on you and others in the community to observe, recognize and report concerns of child abuse. 

For more information: What You Can Do About Child Abuse Guide​


Man​datory Report​​ing of​ Child Abuse​

​Training video​

This 30-minute training video describes the role of mandatory reporters in reporting suspected abuse.​ It helps mandatory reporters and others recognize and understand the signs of child abuse and neglect, as well as the role of implicit bias and structural racism when reporting abuse.

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Guide: What You Can Do About Child Abuse


Who are mandatory reporters?​

​Mandatory reporters are public and private professionals required by law to report suspected child abuse. Some examples of mandatory reporters include: medical practitioners, law enforcement personnel, employees of a public or private organization providing child-related services or activities, public and private school employees, and members of the clergy.

For a compl​ete list of pub​lic and private officials who are mandatory reporters, see Oregon Revised Statute 419B.005​.


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