If you know a very close relative (child) is being abused, would you call the cops? (Or other authority that would help)
If you know they are being abused then you should call someone. If itnia a suspicion, I would say find pit more information before calling.
It depends. "Abused" can mean different things to different people.
Report it you can report anonymously.
I have to. I'm a mandatory reporter.
A child is powerless in so many ways to change an abusive situation. If you know about it, you are morally (and legally, I'm sure) bound to report it.
I don't think average people are legally bound to report it.
Morally they should
See comment above. If you are a "mandatory reporter", you have to report child abuse in particular, otherwise it's not always clear: criminal.findlaw.com/criminal-charges/failure-to-report-a-crime.html
Interesting. Though I feel if one knows about the abuse and doesn't report, and later admits to having known about it, legal action could (and should) be taken. Children who suffer abuse are victimized by it long into adulthood. If you know, tell.
Can the abuser be turned in a few years after the abuse took place with only witness testimony?
I should add, without the witnesses getting in legal trouble as well...
To those who said no, fuck you and die.
That is my thought too.
Depends on many factors. Who is the abuser? What kind of abuse? Does the relative indeed feel victimized?
Abuser is the child's mother, it's physical abuse (hitting punching etc) and the child very much feels victimized...just curious though does the type of abuse really matter?
It can, there is a recent study that psychological or mental abuse, while underreported, can be the worst: psychcentral.com/news/2014/10/09/for-kids-mental-abuse-can-be-worse-than-sexual-physical-abuse/75945.html
In the case you mentioned, there is enough.grounds to inform the authorities. The mother could be a violent alcoholic or drug user, or mentally unstable and the child's life could be in danger.
Yea I can see that. But also, wouldn't the physical abuse cause mental abuse as well? (In the exact case I was thinking of, all 3 forms of abuse were involved I'm just side tracking a little here)
Oh yes it can. I am trying to see it from all angles before judging, but you narrowed it down enough there's no doubt action is necessary. I'm pointing out the mental abuse because it leaves no physical/forensic evidence.
Also, I'm cautious in such cases because false allegations of abuse can be devastating for the whole family. If you "know".it from the child, they could have been talked into making allegations by one partner in an ugly custody battle.
Just make sure you don't fall for this: www.expertlaw.com/library/domestic_violence/false_accusations.html
Yea I get that. I think if you had to physical carry the child out of the house to stop the mom from hitting him/her should be a no brainier to call someone.