Supporting Victims

If a child discloses abuse or neglect to you...


  • Remain calm
  • Believe the child
  • Allow the child to talk
  • Show interest and concern
  • Reassure and support the child
  • Take action. it could save a child’s life.

Call the Abuse Hotline number
703 324 7400 If a child discloses.


  • Panic or overreact
  • Press the child to talk
  • Promise anything you can’t control
  • Confront the offender
  • Blame or minimize the child’s feelings
  • Overwhelm the child with questions

What happens next?

If you suspect something, DO something. Help protect a child and call the Fairfax County Child Abuse Hotline.

Confidential Hotline