Definitions of Abuse / Neglect

Abuse
  • Physical or Emotional:  Conduct, intended or not, that produces physical or emotional pain or injury.
  • Verbal:  Words or gestures that threaten, harass, disparage or humiliate.
  • Sexual:  Violation of criminal sexual conduct or prostitution statutes or sexual contact between a caregiver/provider and a minor child.
  • Personal Exploitation:  Forcing a minor child to perform services for the advantage of another.


Neglect
  • Failure of a caregiver/provider to provide necessary food, clothing, shelter, health care or supervision.


Self-Neglect
  • Absence of necessary food, clothing, shelter, health care or supervision.


Anybody can make a voluntary report of suspected child abuse / neglect if that person has reason to believe that a child has been maltreated. The requirements for reporting are outlined in the Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors Act.
 

  1. Freeborn County  411 Broadway S., Albert Lea, MN 56007            Phone: 507-377-5299 

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