Victory Church is committed to seeing that our church community is a safe place for children, vulnerable adults and all persons. We have clear policies and practices in place, but safety is a community-wide endeavor. Most abuse in a church community occurs on the fringes, in unofficial settings, so we must all be aware.
I (as a part of Victory Church) must report any type of abuse to the proper authorities first. In compliance with our care for the vulnerable as well as State and Federal laws, we need to report all suspicions of abuse or neglect immediately.
HOW TO REPORT ABUSE
Then, I can notify a staff member who oversees the area in which I serve. If I need help reporting to the authorities, then I can talk to a staff member to get help or support in reporting.
Abuse against a minor, call Pennsylvania Childline Hotline: 1-800-932-0313.
Abuse against a vulnerable adult, call Protective Services Hotline: 1-800-490-8505.
There are four primary forms of abuse to look out for:
- Physical abuse: A physical act or threat of harm toward anyone which may cause harm.
- Sexual: Physical contact or language between a perpetrator and another person. This includes exploitation through photographs, videos, and language.
- Emotional abuse: Acts or omissions by a parent or caregiver that cause or could cause behavioral, cognitive, emotional disorders.
- Neglect: Failure to provide for the child or vulnerable adults most basic needs. This includes adequate adult supervision, medical attention, housing, food, or clothing.
I understand that I am responsible for reporting suspected abuse to the proper authorities then to the appropriate staff person who oversees the area in which I serve. It is not my responsibility to investigate and in no instance will I confront any parent or caregiver.