Child Abuse Reporting Information & Resources
Bullying occurs when a person or group of people hurts, embarrasses, or frightens another person on purpose over and over again.
“Bullying” is defined as systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one (1) or more students or employees. It is any unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, by an adult or student, that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment, cause discomfort or humiliation, or unreasonably interfere with the individual’s school performance or participation; and may involve: Unwanted teasing or taunting; Threats; Intimidation; Stalking; Cyberstalking; Physical violence; Theft; Sexual, religious, or racial harassment; Public humiliation; Hazing; Destruction of property; or Social exclusion.
Characteristics of Bullying
• Difference in power (either physical or psychological)
Types of Bullying
• Physical – pushing, shoving, tripping, hitting, etc.
• Verbal – racist, sexist, or bigoted remarks, teasing, threats, etc.
• Psychological/Relational – intimidation, spreading rumors, exclusion, etc.
• Cyber – electronic bullying through text messaging, instant messaging or social media.
Reporting Child Abuse
The Florida Abuse Hotline, (800) 96-ABUSE, accepts reports 24 hours a day and 7 days a week of known or suspected child abuse, neglect, or abandonment and reports of known or suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult.
Reporting options include:
- By Telephone 1-800-96ABUSE 800-962-2873
- By Faxing the linked form to 800-914-0004: https://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/abuse-hotline/docs/faxreport.pdf
- Florida Relay 711
- By TTY 800-955-8771
- Web Reporting https://reportabuse.dcf.state.fl.us
The preferred option to report child abuse and neglect is to call (800) 96-ABUSE and talk directly to an Abuse Hotline counselor. This option must be used in all cases of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation that involve emergency situations.
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