In 2017 alone, the Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline received nearly 250,000 allegations of abuse and neglect, which averages to one report every minute.
If you see something, say something.
In the state of Indiana, every adult is a mandated reporter. If you have reason to believe that a child has been subject to abuse or neglect, immediately call the Indiana Department of Child Services toll-free hotline at 1-800-800-5556. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, and state law mandates that DCS protects the identity of someone reporting abuse or neglect allegations. To learn more, visit www.in.gov/dcs/2971.htm
Create connections in your community.
Studies show that incidents of abuse and neglect occur more frequently among socially-isolated parents. Reach out to a family member, friend or neighbor who may be struggling with the daily challenges of raising a family and offer your friendship and support.
Talk with your children
Establishing open, clear communication with your children can help protect them from abuse and neglect. There are a number of resources available at stopitnow.org that aim to help parents jump start this difficult but important conversation.
Know what resources are available in your community.
Some parents may need basic support providing shelter, food and clothing to their children. Research and know what resources are available in your area and help get someone who is struggling access to help.
Change social and work-place norms to be more supportive of parents.
A workplace that supports families alleviates some of the day-to-day pressure of parenting. By making it possible for parents to spend more time with their children, workplaces empower families to build strong connections and enhance child-protective factors.
Spread the word.
One in 4 children will experience abuse and neglect in their lifetime, and 1 in 7 have experienced abuse or neglect in the past year. Learn the warning signs of neglect and abuse and share them with your friends and family, and share this article to help spread awareness of child abuse and neglect. In doing so, you could save or change a child’s life.