Emergencies: Dial 911
Addison County Unit for Special Investigations
To report suspected child abuse or neglect call (800) 649-5285
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Call ACSD (802) 388-2981, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
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How to make a report to ACUSI
There are a couple ways that an individual can initiate a report. The first way is to call the local police department that has jurisdiction in their town/city. These police agencies will take the report and do an initial evaluation of the circumstances. If the incident meets pre-established criteria it will then be forwarded to ACUSI for further investigation. Most departments have officers who have been trained as First Responders by ACUSI. This means the officer has been taught additional skills to utilize when dealing with cases of sexual abuse. This method is the preferred method for reporting an incident of sexual abuse.
While we encourage citizens to use their local law enforcement as an initial contact we will not turn individuals away. Therefore, a second option, if needed, is to contact ACUSI directly. Detectives will speak with complainant's and gather the basic information. However, there are times when the elements may fail to meet the criteria established between ACUSI and the towns/cities it serves. When this occurs the individual may be referred to their local police department. We frown upon taking this action, but it does happen. We do not wish to cause the complainant any further inconvenience, thus we prefer you call your local law enforcement first.
ACUSI is a resource for local law enforcement and its citizenry. At a minimal an individual should feel free to call the ACUSI office with any questions or concerns that they may have. By calling you are not obligated to make a report. We are victim oriented and we will try to assist you by providing information and options. Ultimately it is the individual in need that makes the decision whether or not to pursue further action.
The above does not preclude or absolve mandated reporters of their legal responsibility to report any suspicions of child abuse or neglect to the Family Services Division of the Department for Children and Families (DCF).
Mandated Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse
- Chiropractor, dentist, emergency medical personnel, licensed practical nurse, medical examiner, mental health professional, osteopath, pharmacist, physician, physicians assistant, psychologist, registered nurse, surgeon, or any other health care provider;
- Hospital administrator, intern, or resident physician in any hospital in the state;
- chool guidance counselor, librarian, principal, superintendent, teacher, or any other individual regularly employed by a school district, or contracted and paid by a school district to provide student services for five or more hours a week during the school year;
- Child care worker, police officer, probation officer, social worker, or member of the clergy;
- Residential and non-residential camp administrator, counselor, or owner; and
- Employee, contractor, or grantee of the Agency of Human Services who has contact with clients.
For more information, please see the (DCF) Department for Children and Families website.
Pursuant to Vermont Statute Annotated Title 33 § 4930 any physician, surgeon, osteopath, chiropractor, or physician's assistant licensed, certified, or registered under the provisions of Title 26, any resident physician, intern, or any hospital administrator in any hospital in this state, whether or not so registered, and any registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, medical examiner, emergency medical personnel as defined in subdivision 2651(6) of Title 24, dentist, psychologist, pharmacist, any other health care provider, child care worker, school superintendent, school teacher, school librarian, school principal, school guidance counselor, and any other individual who is regularly employed by a school district, or who is contracted and paid by a school district to provide student services for five or more hours per week during the school year, mental health professional, social worker, probation officer, any employee, contractor, and grantee of the agency of human services who have contact with clients, police officer, camp owner, camp administrator, camp counselor, or member of the clergy who has reasonable cause to believe that any child has been abused or neglected shall report or cause a report to be made in accordance with the provisions of section 4914 of this title within 24 hours.