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Reporting Abuse and Neglect


Child Abuse is the physical, sexual, or emotional maltreatment of a child by a parent, family member, other caregiver, or non-caregiver.
  • Emotional abuse is defined as emotional damage for which the child's parent, guardian or legal custodian has neglected, refused or been unable, for reasons other than poverty, to obtain the necessary treatment or to take steps to ameliorate the symptoms.
  • Physical abuse is the physical injury inflicted on a child by other than accidental means. Physical injury includes but is not limited to lacerations, fractured bones, burns, internal injuries, severe or frequent bruising or great bodily harm as defined under Wisconsin statute s.939.22(14).
Child Neglect is the failure, refusal or inability on the part of the parent, guardian, legal custodian or other person exercising temporary or permanent control over a child, for reasons other than poverty, to provide necessary care, food, clothing, medical or dental care or shelter so as to seriously endanger the physical health of the child.

Information You Will Be Asked When Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Identifying Information (i.e. Name(s), Address(s), Phone Number, Race(s), etc.)
  • American Indian Heritage
  • Describe Alleged Maltreatment - Current and Past
  • Describe Injury or Condition as a Result of Maltreatment
  • Child(s) Current Location (i.e. school, etc.)
  • Child Functioning (i.e. special needs)
  • History of Domestic Violence
  • Parents Location (i.e. place of employment)
*Please be aware that all of the above information is not necessary to report abuse and neglect. The questions above are simply a guide to help prepare you for what will be asked. Even if you do not know all of the answers, please do not hesitate to report.

*The reporter's information remains confidential and the reporter has the option to be anonymous.

For Immediate, Life-threatening Emergency
Call 911 to request that police, fire or ambulance immediately respond to a life-threatening emergency.

Child Abuse and/or Neglect Referrals
Monday - Friday (8:00am-4:30pm), call 920-448-6035 or 920-448-6036
--Walk-ins welcome from 9am to 3:00pm
After hours, weekends and holidays, contact your local police department

View Frequently Asked Questions for additional information on Child Protection Reporting
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