Reporting Child Abuse

Do you know of a child who might be at risk of abuse?

During this challenging time, we are all being urged to stay home and stay safe. But if you’re a child in an abusive environment, staying home may not be safe at all.

Over the last few weeks, Howard County Police family crimes detectives have become concerned about a significant drop in reports of child mistreatment and abuse. With schools closed, children may be home all day with an abuser without a “safe space” to tell someone. Teachers and counselors are often the primary reporters of child abuse, so police are concerned that many cases are now going unreported.

Please help us protect children who might be at risk. The Howard County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) is open and ready to help kids in need. If you suspect possible child mistreatment or abuse, we’re urging you to call the Department of Social Services at 410-872-4203 during business hours. After hours, call 410-313-2200 or email HCPDcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov. Callers CAN remain anonymous. If you have urgent information, please call 911.

Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) are child-friendly facilities where child sexual abuse victims and their families receive support throughout the process of investigation, prosecution, and healing.  The Maryland Children’s Alliance is an association of the Child Advocacy Centers of Maryland.

Please view the following Public Service Announcement (PSA) regarding child abuse and resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please view the following video to learn more about the types and signs of abuse:

ONLINE RESOURCES:

https://dhs.maryland.gov/coronavirus-disease-2019-outbreak-covid-19/

https://marylandcasa.org/covid-19-resources-and-updates/

https://mdcourts.gov/sites/default/files/import/coronavirus/temphearingdvadvicecovid19050620.pdf

Articles Showing a Decline in Reported Child Abuse Cases during COVID-19

https://www.baltimoresun.com/coronavirus/bs-md-child-abuse-coronavirus-20200425-m7o5quse7jexfpg3vjwax6ooxq-story.html

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2020/04/06/coronavirus-resources-domestic-violence-baltimore-county/

https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/child-abuse-going-underreported-due-to-coronavirus-schools-being-out-maryland-dc-virginia/65-a04a5ecb-b91f-4f11-9421-56cf46972a89