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Getting Help for Abused or Neglected Children

Anyone can report suspected child abuse or neglect. Reporting abuse or neglect can protect a child and get help for a family. It may even save a child's life.

Contact the Childhelp® National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) to report suspected abuse.

Most states have a toll-free number to call to report suspected child abuse or neglect. has a state-by-state listing: click here.

For in-depth information about psychotherapy and other assistance for children who have been traumatized, go to Finding Help.

For individual queries for clinical guidance see this section of our website:

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Dealing with School Crises

If you are a teacher, administrator, or other education professional dealing with a crisis situation at your school, see Responding to a School Crisis for information on how to reestablish a sense of safety and restore the learning environment at your school.

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Dealing with Disasters

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and American Red Cross provide disaster relief. See this website's Natural Disasters section for Network recovery resources.

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Other Crisis Hotlines

Child Sexual Abuse
Stop It Now!
Phone: 1-888-PREVENT (1-888-773-8368)

Crime Victims
National Center for Victims of Crime
Phone: 1-800-FYI-CALL (1-800-394-2255)
TTY: 1-800-211-7996

Dating Abuse
Love is Respect
Phone: 1-866-331-9474
TTY: 1-866-331-8453

Domestic Violence
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)
TTY: 1-800-787-3224

Missing and Abducted Children
Child Find of America, Inc.
Phone: 1-800-I-AM-LOST (1-800-426-5678)

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Phone: 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)

Rape and Sexual Abuse
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
Phone: 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)

Runaway and Homeless Youth
National Runaway Safeline
Phone: 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929)

Suicide Prevention
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Phone: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799 4889)

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Victim Assistance and Compensation Programs

The U.S. Office for Victims of Crime lists state agencies throughout the country that have established programs to help crime victims in the recovery process. These programs provide access to services, support, and information. They also coordinate compensation programs that reimburse crime victims. Victims of rape, assault, child sexual abuse, drunk driving, and domestic violence, as well as the families of homicide victims, are all eligible to apply for financial help.

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