Child Abuse

childabuseMore than one million children are estimated to be victims of abuse and neglect in the United States each year. Unfortunately many of these victims don't receive the help they need because their situation isn't reported so the proper authorities can intervene or investigate.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is committed to protecting children and ensuring they have happy, healthy lives. Our Special Victims Unit works closely with the Department of Children and Families, the Child Protection Center, and other organizations who act on behalf of vulnerable children when parents can't, don't or won't protect them.

If you see abuse taking place, always call 911. However, if you have evidence of or suspect an abusive situation you can make a report to The Florida Abuse Hotline by calling (800) 962-2873, or online at The web site includes information on reporting allegations in Spanish or Creole, as well as via a Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD). It also has links to abuse laws protecting both child and adult victims, and penalties for false reporting.

All information you provide is confidential and will only be used if DCF needs to contact you for additional information about a report.

Remember - reporting potential abuse or neglect saves lives.