In Oregon, child abuse is defined by the effect abusive actions have on a child, not by a parent’s intention.


Some forms of child abuse may be:


  • Physical injury to a child that is not accidental
  • Sexual abuse or exploitation
  • Rejecting, abandoning, or neglecting a child
  • Endangering a child’s health or safety by exposing them to drugs, alcohol or near the manufacturing of methamphetamine
  • Teaching a child inappropriate behavior in areas such as aggression, sexuality or substance abuse
  • Exposing a child to violence
  • Buying or selling a child


If you think a child is in immediate danger, contact 9-1-1.


If you believe there may be abuse in the home and would like someone to check on the child’s wellbeing, please contact Child and Protective Services at: 1-866-538-5804.