West Virginia


Code Section
49-6A-1, et seq., 49-1-3

What Constitutes Abuse
Physical, mental, or emotional injury, sexual abuse/exploitation, negligent treatment, sale or attempted sale of child; any circumstances which harm or threaten the health and welfare of the child

Mandatory Reporting Required By
Medical, dental, or mental health professional, religious healer, Christian Science practitioner, school teacher/personnel, social services worker, child care worker, EMT, peace or law enforcement official, circuit court judge, family law master or magistrate, clergy

Basis of Report of Abuse/Neglect
Medical, dental, or mental health professional, religious healer, Christian Science practitioner, school teacher/personnel, social services worker, child care worker, EMT, peace or law enforcement official, circuit court judge, family law master or magistrate, clergy

To Whom Reported
State Department of Human Services

Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting
Misdemeanor, up to 10 days in county jail and/or fine of $100