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.

Your input is important. We want to hear from you about maternal and child health needs, the MCH Block Grant, and programs in Mississippi. Take a moment to share your comments, ideas and concerns with us.

Links referenced
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
More about interpersonal violence    https://www.msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,0,388,html
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

Find this page at http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/index.cfm

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