How to Report Child Maltreatment
If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, and the child is in immediate danger, call 911. You can also contact your local law enforcement agency, or the state hotline for reporting abuse and neglect. In West Virginia, reports can be made to the Abuse and Neglect Hotline (1‐800‐352‐6513) 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. All Calls are anonymous.
If the suspect maltreatment is outside WV, you can get information about reporting in other states through the Childhelp National Abuse Hotline. This agency is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with professional crisis counselors who have access to a database of 55,000 emergency, social service, and support resources. Again, all calls are anonymous. Contact them at 1.800.4.A.CHILD (1.800.422.4453).
The Childhelp line counselors can also answer your questions about legal protection for people who report maltreatment, and mandatory reporting laws in each state.