New Jersey Child Abuse Laws
|Code Section||9:6-8.9, et seq.|
|What Constitutes Abuse||Physical injury by other than accidental means; causing substantial risk of death or serious disfigurement or protracted impairment of physical or emotional health; sexual abuse or acts of sexual abuse; willful abandonment; willful isolation of ordinary social contact to indicate emotional or social deprivation; inappropriate placement in institution; neglect by not supplying adequate care, necessaries or supervision|
|Mandatory Reporting Required By||Any person|
|Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect||Having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to child abuse or acts of child abuse|
|To Whom Reported||Division of Youth and Family Services (they also maintain a 24-hour hotline) in Department of Human Services|
|Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting||Knowing violation: disorderly person|
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