Report Child Abuse

How to Report Child Abuse

Alabama law requires all persons must report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect. To report child abuse in Alabama, call the   at 1-877-237-0004.  Dial 911 if a child is in immediate danger.

When you make a report to the Department of Human Resources, they will ask you a series of questions.  It is okay if you do not know all the answers- tell them as much as you know.  It is their job to work with local law enforcement to conduct a thorough investigation.

Remember these do’s and don’ts if a child tells you they were abused:

What to Do? What Not to Do?
  • Remain calm
  • Believe the child
  • Allow the child to talk
  • Show interest and concern
  • Reassure and support the child
  • Take action. It could save a child’s life
  • Panic or overreact
  • Press the child to talk
  • Promise anything you can’t control
  • Confront the offender
  • Blame or minimize the child’s feelings
  • Overwhelm the child with questions.