If you would like to discuss or report child abuse, you may call 714-940-1000 or 800-207-4464, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Community members have an important role in protecting children from abuse and neglect.
The life of a child may be saved if community members become involved and report cases of suspected child abuse.
The law requires certain professionals to report suspicion and/or knowledge of child abuse, which includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and cases of severe emotional abuse that constitute willful or unjustifiable punishment of a child.
Involvement doesn't mean physical intervention or snooping on your neighbor. It simply means not ignoring the obvious. Fear of involvement has resulted in family tragedies in which neighbors reported they knew what was going on, but declined to get involved.
If a member of the community, who is not required by law to report, does not want to identify him/herself, the report may be made anonymously.