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Reporting Abuse

The Archdiocese of Baltimore complies with Maryland laws requiring reporting supsected child abuse to civil authorities.  Under Maryland Law any person who has reason to believe a child has been subjected to abuse must report the suspected abuse to civil authorities, even if the potential victim is now over 18 years old and even in cases where the alleged perpetrator is deceased.  If someone associated with the Church, including clergy, employees, or volunteers of the  Archdiocese of Baltimore, is suspected of  abuse, then the suspected abuse must also be reported to  the Archdiocesan, Office of Child and Youth at 410-547-5438 or the Victims Assistance Hotline at  1-866-417-7469.

Archdiocese of Baltimore Child Protection Hotline
(Toll Free) 1-866-417-7469

Archdiocese of Baltimore Office of Child Protection
(e-mail): assistance@archbalt.org



Maryland State's Attorneys' Offices

Allegany County 301-777-5962
Anne Arundel County 410-222-1740
Baltimore City 410-396-4001
Baltimore County 410-887-6660
Carroll County 410-386-2671
Frederick County 301-600-1523
Garrett County 301-334-1974
Harford County 410-638-3500
Howard County 410-638-3294
Washington County 240-313-2000

If you know or suspect that a child has been abused or neglected, contact your local authorities right away.  Or, for assistance, call the ChildHelp National Child Abuse Hotline (Staffed 24 hours daily by professional crisis counselors) at 1-800-4-A-CHILD.

If you are a victim of sexual abuse or sexual assault, you might also contact the RAINN National Sexual Assault Online Hotline:  http://apps.rainn.org/ohl-bridge/