How To Report Abuse
According to Mississippi law, ALL adults (anyone 18 or older) are required to report known or suspected cases of child abuse. If you observe abuse, a child tells you that they have been abused, or if you have reasonable cause to believe or suspect that a child is being abused, you are required to make a report to the Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services (CPS) immediately. You may also make a report to law enforcement.
If you are unsure whether or not you have reasonable suspicion, do not hesitate and make the report. The most important thing to remember is that you do not have to be certain abuse occurred, that is a job best left to investigators.
If you suspect a child has been abused, contact the Mississippi Division of Child Protective Services ONLINE or 1-800-222-8000 or 601-432-4570.
Be Prepared To Provide The Following Information (As Known)
Victim's name, home address or location, school information, age, race, and gender
Description of the situation and marks or bruises that may be present
Person responsible for victim's care, alleged perpetrator name(s), and witnesses to the situation
Other relevant information that would expedite an investigation such as manufacturing of drugs in the home, possession of weapons, domestic violence, etc.