Mississippi State Department of Health

Child Abuse


You can do your part to help prevent and report child abuse or abuse of a vulnerable adult. Abuse can be any inappropriate or harmful action towards a child or vulnerable individual, physical or otherwise.

How to Report Abuse

Anyone with reasonable cause to suspect someone is being neglected or harmed, physically or sexually, may make a report.

Always call 911 if you believe the person is in immediate danger.

Whom to contact

Types of Abuse

Abuse can be:


Information on child and adult abuse, and how to prevent it, from the CDC.

Links referenced on this page
Mississippi Child Protection Services    https://www.mdcps.ms.gov/programs/reporting-child-abuse-and-neglect
More about human trafficking    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,0,388,747,html ok
More about interpersonal violence    https://www.msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,0,388,html ok
Adverse Childhood Experiences    https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/aces/index.html
Preventing Elder Abuse    https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/elderabuse/fastfact.html
Child Abuse and Neglect: Risk Factors and Prevention    https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childabuseandneglect/riskprotectivefactors.html
Sex Trafficking and Sexual Violence Prevention    https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/sexualviolence/trafficking.html

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