Learning that your child may have been sexually abused is difficult to comprehend, but if you suspect it you must report it to the Florida Abuse Hotline immediately. You do not need to investigate or confirm your suspicions. That is the job of investigators. Before you report, gather as much information as you can. Complete the Before Making a Report document to help you prepare.
In emergency situations of abuse, call 911.
Then contact the Florida Abuse Hotline using one of the methods below.
This toll-free number is available 24/7; counselors are waiting to assist you. Callers will be told whether the information provided has been accepted as a report.
Call this line if you use a TDD (Telephone Device for the Deaf).
This section details how to report child abuse and neglect, including child sexual abuse, to the Florida Abuse Hotline. It will also explain what happens after the Hotline receives a report and the protective investigation process begins. As your child’s chief advocate, it is very important to understand how evidence is collected from you, the child, the accused, and others, as well as how it is used in prosecution. The Respond and Recover sections of this guide will provide you with information, resources and other helpful tools to help your child and your family through the recovery process.