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
508-645-2313


Barnstable Police

1200 Phinney’s Lane
Hyannis, MA 02601
508-775-0387


Bourne Police

175 Main Street
Bourne, MA 02532
508-759-4451


Brewster Police

631 Harwich Road
Brewster, MA 02631
508-896-7011


Chatham Police

127 Depot Road
Chatham, MA 02633
508-945-1213


Chilmark Police

15 State Road
Chilmark, MA 02535
508-645-3310


Dennis Police

685 Route 134
S. Dennis, MA 02660
508-394-1313


Eastham Police

2600 Route 6A
Eastham, MA 02642
508-255-0551


Edgartown Police

72 Pease’s Point Way South
Edgartown, MA 02539
508-627-4343


Falmouth Police

750 Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540
508-457-2527


Harwich Police

183 Sisson Road
Harwich, MA 02645
508-430-7541


Mashpee Police

Route 151
Mashpee, MA 02649
508-539-1480


Nantucket Police

20 South Water Street
Nantucket, MA 02554
508-228-1212


Oak Bluffs Police

1 Ocean Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557-1504
508-693-0750


Orleans Police

90 S. Orleans Road
Orleans, MA 02653
508-255-0117


Provincetown Police

26 Shank Painter Road
Provincetown, MA 02657
508-487-7023


Sandwich Police

117 Route 6A
Sandwich, MA 02563
508-888-3343


Tisbury Police

32 Water Street
Tisbury, MA 02568
508-696-4240


Truro Police

344 Route 6
Truro, MA 02666
508-487-8730


Yarmouth Police

1 Brad Erickson Way
West Yarmouth, MA  02673
508-775-0445


Wellfleet Police

Route 6 Gross Hill Road
Wellfleet, MA 02667
508-349-3702


West Tisbury Police

681 Edgartown Road
West Tisbury, MA 02575
508-693-0020