Boy is 5.Father drinks Mother does not want the boy. When father drinks he beats on his girlfriend as the boy watches from the corner of the room. What can i do t o help this boy and remain anonymous?
You could call the police and report suspected domestic violence. If there are charges filed you could be subpoenaed as a witness though and would no longer be anonymous.
You could also contact child protective services who will make contact with the family perform an investigation if needed. You should only do so if you have good reason to believe he is being abused or neglected.
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I don't know why other family members on either side of the family have not yet intervened if the situation is as you say. Why are you afraid of calling the police or an (anonymous) call to family services? The latter is anonymous. Sooner or later, if not already, the violence could escalate and include the child. I think there should be more concern of the battered mother and child being exposed to DV than not wanting to 'rock the boat.' Remember, at least the call to family services should remain anonymous even though the parents may suspect someone close to the situation made the referral.
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Call 855-O-H-CHILD (855-642-4453) and make an anonymous report. For more info, visit https://jfs.ohio.gov/ocf/reportchildabuseandneglect.stm.
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