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07. Who do I contact if I suspect or learn of child abuse?

You must immediately report to the State of Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) or law enforcement if you have “reasonable cause to believe” that any child with whom you come into contact has suffered abuse, or that any person with whom you come into contact has abused a child.  The law requires an “oral” report, so reports are typically made by phone.  You may be asked for additional written information from the agency you contacted. 

A law enforcement agency is a local police department, county sheriff, county juvenile department, or Oregon State Police.

Most DHS offices throughout the state are open from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.  After hours reports should be made to local law enforcement or a local child abuse hotline.  The Benton County dedicated child abuse hotlines are 541-757-5019 and 866-303-4643.

You do not need to report to both DHS and local law enforcement.  A report to one agency will be communicated to the other.

OSU also requires you to report to your supervisor, however, this does not alleviate your duty to report to DHS or law enforcement.

Should a supervisor receive such a report, the supervisor is to immediately contact the OSU Office of Human Resources at 541-737-0547 or Employee.Relations@oregonstate.edu .

Training Topics: 
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse