(INDIANAPOLIS) – A new report by the Indiana Youth Institute says the Indiana Department of Child Services’ hotline received nearly 250,000 reports in 2017.
In 2017, the Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline received an average of more than one report every two minutes.
Kent Eastwood, Boone County Prosecutor, says these investigations used to be rare but now he’s seeing a disturbing uptick in child abuse cases. They used to see around 10 of these cases a year and he said it increased to 20 or more.
According to the Indiana Youth Institute’s report, the number of reports made to it has increased by more than 55 percent since 2013.
The hotline received roughly 1,500 fewer calls last year than in 2017, according to Indiana Department of Child Services. Indiana is a mandatory reporting state. You can remain anonymous.
If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, call Indiana’s Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline today. The number is 1-800-800-5556.