Report Abuse

Reporting abuse of people unable to help themselves is encouraged and commendable. If the abuse is happening now or is violent in nature, call 911. Victim services information provides contacts for services and resources to help people who have been abused.

Child Abuse and Neglect in Wisconsin

Who Can Report Child Abuse or Neglect?

Any person who thinks child abuse and/or neglect has happened or might happen can make a report to Child Protective Services (CPS) agency or law enforcement.

By law, there are specified professional persons who are required to report child abuse or neglect.  They are referred to as Mandated Reporters.

How do I make a report?

Any local Child Protective Services(CPS) agency can take your report. 

If the abuse is happening now or is violent in nature, call 911.


Domestic Abuse

What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse is pattern of behavior used by one person in a relationship to control the other.

Domestic abuse can:

  • happen all the time or only once in a while
  • happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender
  • affect people of all socio-economic backgrounds and education levels
  • occur in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships
  • happen to partners who are married, living together, or dating

Domestic abuse is not caused by:

  • anger
  • mental health problems
  • alcohol or other drugs
  • other common excuses

It is caused by one person’s belief that they have the right to control their partner.

If you are a victim of domestic violence or are in immediate danger call 911.

Human Trafficking

What is Human Trafficking?
  • Human trafficking is the misuse of other people. This often happens for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor. At DCF, we focus on the trafficking of children and adolescents. But, trafficking can occur at any age.
  • Human traffickers often recruit vulnerable youth with force or deception. They may exploit youth through fraud, abuse of power, control, violence, or physical abduction. They may also threaten the youth or their family. Economic pressure can make a person more vulnerable to being trafficked.
  • Trafficking occurs in cities, suburbs, and rural areas. It is a statewide issue.
  • Many youth who are being trafficked do not see themselves as victims. They may not realize they are being trafficked.
How to Report Human Trafficking of Children and Youth in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Child Sex Trafficking and Exploitation Indicator and Response Guide should be consulted if you have concerns that a child or youth you have contact with is being sexually trafficked or exploited.

Review the indicators in this guide and follow the directions for the appropriate response.

Adult Protective Services

Adult protective services are set up to aid elder adults and Adults-at-Risk who have been abused, neglected, or exploited.