Ohio attorneys, doctors, social workers and certain other professionals, are required to report abuse of adults as well as children. Ohio Revised Code 5101.63 mandates that an attorney having a reasonable cause to believe an adult is being abused, neglected, or exploited shall immediately report that to the county department of job and family services.
Ohio Revised Code 2151.421 requires that an attorney report abuse or neglect of a child under eighteen or a person under twenty-one with a developmental disability to the public children services agency or municipal or county peace officer in the county where the child resides or where the abuse or neglect occurred.
Practice Tip: For information and training materials on reporting adult abuse see
Understanding Elder Abuse: A Guide for Legal and Law Enforcement Professionals. For information on reporting child abuse and neglect see How to Report Child Abuse and Neglect in Ohio
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact OBLIC.
Gretchen Koehler Mote, Esq.,
Director of Loss Prevention