Wisconsin Child Abuse Laws
|Code Section||48.981, 48.02|
|What Constitutes Abuse||Physical injury inflicted on child other than by accidental means, sexual abuse/exploitation, emotional damage, (harm to child's psychological or intellectual functioning which is exhibited by anxiety, depression, or other outward behavior) or neglect (failure to provide necessaries of life); on unborn child, habitual lack of self control by expectant mother in use of alcohol and controlled drugs|
|Mandatory Reporting Required By||Physician, coroner, nurse, dentist, chiropractor, acupuncturist, or other medical or mental health professional, social worker, marriage or family therapist, counselor, public assistance worker, school teacher/administrator/counselor, mediator, child care or day care center worker, physical or occupational therapists, EMT, speech-language pathologists, police or law enforcement officer, attorney, member of treatment staff or alcohol/drug abuse counselor|
|Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect||Reasonable cause to suspect that a child has been abused or neglected or has been threatened with abuse or neglect or that abuse or neglect will occur|
|To Whom Reported||The county department (or licensed child welfare agency under contract with the county department) or sheriff or police department|
|Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting||Fine up to $1,000 and/or up to 6 months in jail|
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