If you believe you or a loved one are involved in an abusive relationship, understanding how to report that abuse can help the survivor/victim gain the protection they deserve. Today's blog covers how you can report domestic and child abuse in California.
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How to Report Abuse in California
California, like most states, makes it mandatory for certain individuals to report domestic violence if they believe it is occurring. Examples of "mandated reporters" include:
- Licensed healthcare professionals;
- Social workers and counselors;
- Child or elderly care custodians;
- Members of the clergy;
- Employees of protective and law enforcement services;
- Individuals or organizations that film or print photographic material.
However, anyone can report domestic or child abuse. To report child abuse, look up your local child protection, social services, child protective services, or domestic violence hotline and call them. You can also report domestic violence using most of the same resources, in addition to other services such as law enforcement (if an individual is in danger).
After receiving a report of domestic or child abuse, the appropriate government and/or state-funded organization, such as Child Protective Services, can act to investigate your claim and decide whether to take action. In domestic abuse cases, a survivor/victim can work with a local court to obtain a temporary protective order which will ensure their safety until they can get more permanent legal protection.
Some common signs of child abuse include:
- Shying away from the touch of other adults;
- Changes in behavior (such as immediate sexual hyperactivity or aggression);
- Changes in academic performance;
- Pushing away friends or peers;
- Frequent absences from schools;
- Physical signs of abuse, such as bruises on the arms or neck.
Some common signs of domestic abuse include:
- Depression or withdrawal;
- The isolation of the survivor/victim to their home;
- A sudden lack of funds on the survivor/victim's behalf;
- Signs of physical abuse, such as bruises on the arms or neck.
At Arnold Law Group, APC, we help survivors/victims of abuse take the necessary steps to get the legal protection they deserve.
To schedule a consultation with our team, contact us online or via phone at (559) 900-1263.