It is important to recognize high-risk situations and the signs and symptoms of maltreatment. If you do suspect a child is being harmed, reporting your suspicions may protect him or her and get help for the family. Any concerned person can report suspicions of child abuse or neglect by calling their local police department or Child Abuse Hotline (877) NJ-ABUSE – (877) 652-2873 – TTY: (800) 835-5510. Reporting your concerns is not making an accusation; rather, it is a request for an investigation and assessment to determine if help is needed. Some people (typically certain types of professionals, such as teachers or physicians) are required by New Jersey State law to make a report of child maltreatment under specific circumstances—these are called mandatory reporters.