What is child abuse and neglect?

It is the mistreatment or neglect of a child by parent(s) or other caretaker(s) resulting in injury or harm. Abuse of a child can be physical, sexual or emotional.

Neglect is typically defined in two ways:

  • Emotional neglect is when the child is suffering severe negative emotional effects due to a parent’s failure to provide opportunities for normal experiences that produce feelings of being loved, wanted, secure, and worthy
  • Physical neglect is when a parent fails to provide basic needs or a safe and sanitary living environment for the child

Under Wisconsin Law, child abuse is a crime.

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1. How do I report a suspected case of abuse and neglect?
2. What is child abuse and neglect?
3. When should I report abuse or neglect?
4. Who will know I made a report?
5. What happens after I make the report?
6. Does a report mean a child will be removed from the home?