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There’s No One I Can Trust: The Impact of Mandatory Reporting on the Help-Seeking and Wellbeing of Domestic Violence Survivors

Orange speech bubble graphic with the title "People stopped reaching out for help," in bold text. Underneath there are 3 quotes: "I talk to no one, there's no one I can trust, no one I can turn to and nowhere I can go," "I stopped going to my doctor's office," "I now just keep everything to myself."

This paper from the National LGBTQ Domestic Violence Capacity Building Learning Center reports on a survey conducted in collaboration with the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Over 3600 people seeking help for domestic violence shared how their fears about and experiences of mandatory reporting impacted their ability to reach out for help.

The study found that 1 in 7 had been told that someone they asked for help might report what they said to law enforcement or CPS.

Of those who were warned, 60% said the warning changed what they decided to share.

Additional Resources

Mandatory Reporting and Teen Dating Violence

Owning Your Story and Claiming Your Power: Talking about Domestic Violence and Child Protective Services