Reporting Abuse & Neglect

Overview

If you think someone is in danger of being hurt, call 911 immediately!

Oregon Statute (ORS 419B.010 and ORS 430.765 ) requires public and private officials to make a report when there is reasonable cause to believe a child or vulnerable adult has experienced abuse or neglect. While anyone may report abuse, mandatory reporters include DHS employees, health care professionals, clergy, therapists, social workers, attorneys, law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs, Personal Support Workers, Home Care workers, Personal Agents, Services Coordinators, and others paid by DHS to provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

How to Report Abuse or Neglect

Children

To report child abuse or neglect call 1-855-503-SAFE (7233). DHS-Child Welfare is responsible for investigating reports of child abuse, regardless of whether the child has a disability. For more information about reporting child abuse please follow these links:

Vulnerable Adults

Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities

If you suspect abuse or neglect of an adult with an intellectual or developmental disability call Yamhill County Developmental Disabilities Program at 503-434-7460 or the Safe Line at 503-434-SAFE to make a confidential report.

Adults with a Mental Illness

To make a confidential report of abuse or neglect of an adult with a mental illness call Yamhill County Adult Behavior Health at 503-434-7523 or the Safe Line at 503-434-SAFE.

Older Adults and Individuals with Physical Disabilities

To report elder abuse (age 65 and over) or abuse of a person with a physical disability call the Safe Line at 503-434-SAFE. More information may be found in the following brochure:

What Happens When I Make an Abuse Report

The assigned investigator will gather information from you to assess the adult's immediate health and safety, coordinate a plan for needed protective services, and determine if the report meets one of Oregon Revised Statute (ORS 430.735) definitions of abuse. If the report meets one of the definitions, an investigation will begin. The primary purpose of protective services and an abuse investigation is to prevent further abuse. Please feel free to contact our office if you have questions about reporting abuse for individuals with developmental disabilities. Our investigator will be happy to answer your questions.