Reporting Abuse, Neglect and Misconduct to the Archdiocese

The Archdiocese of Baltimore complies with Maryland laws requiring reporting suspected 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 410-547-5348 or the Victims Assistance Line at  1-866-417-7469.

Allegations of abuse involving bishops of the Archdiocese of Baltimore should be made both to civil authorities and then to the secure EthicsPoint site here. Reports about bishops are sent directly to retired judges who are not employees of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and serve on the Independent Review Board.

For more information, click here.

Archdiocese of Victims Assistance Line
(Toll Free) 1-866-417-7469

Archdiocese of Baltimore Office of Child Protection

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.