The person who responds to your call will ask you several questions in order to provide the investigative team with sufficient information. Keep in mind, you do not need to know all the answers to make a report;you just need to be as comprehensive, specific, and clear as possible. American Humane says the following are a few questions you may be asked:

  1. What is your name, address, and telephone number?
  2. What is your relationship to the child?
  3. What is the child’s name, age, and address? If you don't know the answers to this question, you can provide descriptive information that will enable investigators to locate the child.
  4. What is the suspected abuser’s name, relationship to the child, and address or license plate number?
  5. What is the child’s parents’ names, address, and telephone number?
  6. Describe the type of abuse, when it occurred, and your reasons for suspecting abuse.
  7. What is the current location of the child?
  8. What is your assessment of the child’s current level of safety?
  9. What can you tell us about the child’s siblings and any related safety concerns?
  10. What are the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of other witnesses?
  11. Has the child presented with other suspicious injuries before?