Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich



What Happens To Me If I Report A Possible Case Of Abuse, Neglect, Or Exploitation And Nothing Is Found?

There are no penalties for good faith reporting cases of abuse, neglect or exploitation that are later found to be unsubstantiated. In fact, it is better that you report a case and be wrong, then not report a case and be right. Again, you have the right to remain anonymous, but even if you choose to give your name, there will be no penalties if the abuse, neglect, or exploitation is not confirmed.

Many people are concerned that reporting possible cases of abuse, neglect (self or other) or exploitation will cost them their relationship with the victim. Again, consider that a true friend would rather see that person live a healthy and happy life rather than one filled with pain and abuse.