District of Columbia

Code Section
§4-1301.02, et seq.

What Constitutes Abuse
The infliction of physical or mental injury upon a child, including excessive corporal punishment, an act of sexual abuse, molestation, exploitation, or injury that results from exposure to drug-related activity

Mandatory Reporting Required By
Physician, psychologist, nurse, law enforcement officer, school teacher/official, social service worker, day care worker, mental health professional (any other person may make report), medical examiner, dentist, chiropractor

Basis of Report of Abuse/Neglect
Knows or has reasonable cause to believe a child is in immediate danger of being mentally or physically abused or neglected

To Whom Reported
Child and Family Services Agency

Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting
Fined up to $100 and/or jailed up to 30 days


Inside District of Columbia