If the report is accepted, the Hotline counselor sends a typed report of the allegations to the local investigation county office where the victim is located.
After the report is sent to the local office, the report is assigned to a Child Protective Investigator (CPI) who is then responsible for conducting an investigation on the allegations called in.
They may be dependent on others for care and support.
Additionally, there are 60,000 people, aged 18 through 59, in Florida who have at least 3 severe deficiencies of daily living caused by disabilities.
Clearly, there are negative effects on a child who witnesses abuse, but some authorities believe that this type of reporting punishes the victim who may be a good or adequate care provider for the children.
However, if criminal proceedings are brought against an individual for domestic violence, and that violence was perpetrated in the presence of a child under 16 years old, who is a family household member with the victim or perpetrator, the sentencing points (calculated by a number of factors) are multiplied by 1.5.
A mandatory reporter is required to give his or her name when making the report.
The name is kept confidential, but is entered into the record of the report.
Therefore, in Florida a health care provider may not report domestic violence without informed consent, even if the victim admits to it.
However, the victim of domestic violence should be counseled to report the incident to law enforcement and referred for guidance and support to a local Domestic Violence Advocacy organization.
However, the names of the reporters cannot be released to parties outside of DCF’s child protection team, hotline, law enforcement or the state attorney’s office without the reporter’s written consent.