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Understanding Trauma and What to About It

ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES

Trauma

Trauma can be any event that, when witnessed or experienced by a child or adolescent, is extremely distressing to them. These events are often in situations where the children feared for their lives or the lives of others.

There are many different kinds of trauma including:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Exposure to violence
  • Loss of a significant loved one
  • Natural disaster
  • House fire
  • Car accident

What You need to know about reporting abuse

If you suspect that a child or vulnerable adult is being abused or neglected it is better to be safe than sorry in regards to reporting. The most important thing to remember is that you do not have to be certain abuse occurred, that is a job best left to investigators. If you believe that abuse is occurring within a family, Department of Social Services is the best place to refer. The  intake number for the Baton Rouge area is (855) 4 LA KIDS. If you are outside of the Baton Rouge Area, please call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD®. If you believe that a law has been broken, no matter the perpetrator, a report should be made to the law enforcement entity where the crime occurred.

REPORT ABUSE

CALL

1-855-4LA-KIDS

VISIT

Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)

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IMPORTANT CONTACT DETAILS FOR REPORTING ABUSE

To report suspected abuse, call the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)

DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES

  1.  
    Hotline: 1-855-4LA-KIDS 225-925-6500

OTHER IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

  1. BATON ROUGE CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER 225-343-1984 Fax …… 225-343-1987
  2. DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE 225-389-3400
  3. VICTIM ADVOCATE 225-389-3404
  4. EAST BATON ROUGE SHERIFF OFFICE 225-389-5061
  5. BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT (CITY) 225-389-3853
  6. BAKER POLICE DEPARTMENT 225-775-6000
  7. ZACHARY POLICE DEPARTMENT 225-654-1905
  8. WEST BATON ROUGE SHERIFF OFFICE 225-343-9234
  9. PORT ALLEN POLICE DEPARTMENT 225-343-5525
  10. ADDIS POLICE DEPARTMENT 225-687-4844
  11. BRUSLY POLICE DEPARTMENT 225-749-2970
  12. IBERVILLE PARISH POLICE DEPARTMENT 225-687-5100
  13. PLAQUEMINE CITY POLICE 225-687-9273
  14. POINTE COUPEE SHERIFF OFFICE 225-638-5400
  15. NEW ROADS POLICE DEPARTMENT 225-638-3271

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