How do I report child sexual abuse or neglect?

Contact local police department (see the list of police departments and links to their websites below) or the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families’
 (DCF) Child-at-Risk Hotline at 800-792-5200.


Who should report abuse?

Anyone can report child abuse.

The protection of children is everyone’s responsibility and the law provides that anyone may make a report to the DCF Child-at-Risk Hotline at 800-792-5200.


How are children referred to Children’s Cove?

Children are referred to Children’s Cove through either the Department of Children and Families, a law enforcement agency, or a medical professional.


What happens once I report to either DCF or law enforcement?

Depending on the circumstances, DCF and/or law enforcement will contact Children’s Cove to make a referral for a forensic interview.

A member of the Children’s Cove team will call the family to set up a time for the family to bring the child to Children’s Cove to speak with a child interviewer. The interview will be conducted in a neutral, child-friendly setting and be viewed by a team consisting of law enforcement, child protection (if involved), a Family Advocate, and a Pediatric SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner). This team will work together to complete a sexual abuse investigation.

Children’s Cove will then provide recommended on-site support services which can include medical, mental health referrals and advocacy services.


Are you a mandated reporter?

Please click here to learn more about mandated reporting.


Police Deparments

Aquinnah Police

67 State Road
Aquinnah, MA 02535

Barnstable Police

1200 Phinney’s Lane
Hyannis, MA 02601

Bourne Police

175 Main Street
Bourne, MA 02532

Brewster Police

631 Harwich Road
Brewster, MA 02631

Chatham Police

127 Depot Road
Chatham, MA 02633

Chilmark Police

15 State Road
Chilmark, MA 02535

Dennis Police

685 Route 134
S. Dennis, MA 02660

Eastham Police

2600 Route 6A
Eastham, MA 02642

Edgartown Police

72 Pease’s Point Way South
Edgartown, MA 02539

Falmouth Police

750 Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540

Harwich Police

183 Sisson Road
Harwich, MA 02645

Mashpee Police

Route 151
Mashpee, MA 02649

Nantucket Police

20 South Water Street
Nantucket, MA 02554

Oak Bluffs Police

1 Ocean Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557-1504

Orleans Police

90 S. Orleans Road
Orleans, MA 02653

Provincetown Police

26 Shank Painter Road
Provincetown, MA 02657

Sandwich Police

117 Route 6A
Sandwich, MA 02563

Tisbury Police

32 Water Street
Tisbury, MA 02568

Truro Police

344 Route 6
Truro, MA 02666

Yarmouth Police

1 Brad Erickson Way
West Yarmouth, MA  02673

Wellfleet Police

Route 6 Gross Hill Road
Wellfleet, MA 02667

West Tisbury Police

681 Edgartown Road
West Tisbury, MA 02575