Suspected Abuse of Others

Reporting Suspected Abuse
  • If you are the witness to a crime, you should call 911 or contact one of the local law enforcement agencies.
  • If you have not actually witnessed a crime, but have good reason to suspect that an adult has been the victim of abuse or neglect, you may wish to contact the Illinois Department of Human Services.
  • If you have not actually witnessed a crime, but have good reason to suspect that a child has been the victim of abuse or neglect, you may wish to contact the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). DCFS has local offices in Waukegan; the number for DCFS Protective Services is 1-800-25ABUSE.
Adults
The mission of Adult Protective Services is to protect the health and welfare of elderly and disabled adults. Adult Protective Services are provided to individuals 18 years of age or older who are victims of actual or potential abuse, neglect, or exploitation. DCFS also provides services to meet the adults' basic needs and to ensure their safety.

Adults with Disabilities

The DCFS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigates allegations of abuse and neglect in state-operated facilities and community agencies serving individuals with mental illness or developmental disabilities. OIG assesses reports of abuse, neglect and mistreatment of individuals with disabilities in domestic settings including private homes. To report an incident, call 800-368-1463.

Children
Persons who come to the attention of the DCFS in need of protective services are those who are potentially abusive of their children or who are suspected of having abused or neglected their children. DCFS caseworkers assess reports of child abuse/neglect to determine their validity. This includes determining whether the child is at risk of being abused or neglected and determining the family's need for support services.