Abuse is the physical, sexual or emotional harm or risk of harm to a child under the age of 18 caused by a parent or other person who acts as a caregiver for the child.
Neglect occurs when a parent or caregiver fails to provide proper supervision for a child or adequate food, clothing, shelter, education or medical care although financially able or assisted to do so.
- In case of any emergency, dial 9-1-1 immediately.
- In addition, you must take these two steps if you suspect or know that a child is suffering abuse or neglect.
- Step #1. Call the toll-free 24-hour hotline for reporting child abuse and neglect.
1-877 NJ ABUSE (652-2873)
- Step #2. Call the Rutgers Police on your campus.
New Brunswick Campus
Health Sciences at Newark 973-972-4491
Make a report:
- If you know or suspect that a minor is suffering abuse or neglect.
- Regardless of who the suspected culprit may be — a family member, teacher, religious leader, student, or coach, well-respected or not.
- Regardless of where the abuse or neglect may be occurring, for example in the home, at Rutgers, or elsewhere.
Before making a report, you do not need to conduct your own investigation or be certain that mistreatment has occurred.
Anyone who makes a report in good faith receives legal protection from retaliation. So pick up the phone. It's your legal duty, and it's the right thing to do.
If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Minors on Campus Task Force at