Priests, deacons, school faculty and administrators and other staff members in our parishes and schools have been designated as mandated reporters under California law. When one of these persons receives information leading to a “reasonable suspicion” that a childis being abused or neglected, he or she must make a report to the appropriate child protection or law enforcement agency.
If you are being abused, have been abused, or know someone who is being abused, you can call Victims Assistance Ministry at: 800-355-2545 for assistance to make a report or seek help directly by contacting one of the Child Protective Services or one of the law enforcement agencies listed below. In an emergency call 911.
- LA County Child Abuse Hotline: 800-540-4000
- Investigative Control Unit for All Child Abuse Reports: 213-486-0530
- Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department:
Special Victims Bureau (24 hours) 562-946-8531
To speak to a detective 562-946-7960
- District Attorney’s Office:
Sexual Crimes Division 213-974-9790
Family Violence Division 213-974-3785