situation is an emergency, first call your local police
by dialing 911. Emergencies include situations where the
child is in imminent danger of physical harm or sexual
Signs and Symptoms of Abuse
Signs & symptoms of child abuse may be difficult to detect, as the abuse may be
subtle or intentionally hidden. The abuse may be inflicted by a stranger, but it
is much more likely to be inflicted by someone the child knows and loves – a
family member, friend or relative.
While one sign alone may not indicate abuse, any of the following signs may signal a
need for intervention.
Click to see Signs and Symptoms of abuse:
Who Should Report Abuse?
Reporting suspected cases of child abuse or neglect is everyone's
responsibility, whether a mandated professional or a private citizen.
Mandated Reporters are required by law to report suspected child abuse and
For a list of Mandated Reporters Click Here
For the concerned, private citizen, reporting
child abuse is confidential.
When Should You Report Abuse?
Whenever you have reasonable cause to believe a child under the age of 18 has
been abused or neglected. Reasonable cause means a reasonable suspicion.
Absolute certainty or physical proof is not required. Abuse and neglect should
be reported regardless of whether you believe the perpetrator is a caretaker or
How Do I Report Abuse?
Call the Department of Children & Families (DCF) at the number listed below. You
will be asked a series of questions. Your name will be kept confidential upon
request. You will be asked to file a written report within 48 hours.
• Monday through Friday 8:45 – 5pm - Local Pittsfield Office at
• Nights, Holidays & Weekends - Child At Risk Hotline 1-800-792-5200
here for Types of Abuse to report to DCF:
here for information DCF will ask you:
What Happens After I Make a Report?
DCF makes decisions regarding the action needed to be taken to ensure the
child’s safety and well-being. DCF also refers all cases of sexual abuse and
serious physical abuse to the District Attorney’s Office. This action triggers
the Berkshire District Attorney’s Sexual Assault Intervention Network (SAIN)