Child Abuse Division
Frank Crowley Courts Building - 133 N. Riverfront Boulevard, LB 19, Dallas, TX 75207
Phone: (214) 653-3600 • Fax: (214) 653-5774
The District Attorney recognizes that prosecuting crime on behalf of children is sensitive and highly specialized work. The mission of the Child Abuse Division is to seek justice and provide the best possible outcome for these victims and their families. The Child Abuse Division is committed not only to the safety of children in our community but also to their long term recovery by working with the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and its partner agencies.
Research shows that over 80,000 cases of child sexual abuse are reported to the police every year in the United States. 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will suffer sexual abuse before they reach the age of 18. Moreover, studies show that in homes across the country, over 55,000 children a year suffer from physical abuse and approximately 80% of all child deaths that are caused by abuse or neglect are committed by one or more of the child victim’s parents. Depending on the year, approximately 700 cases are filed by Dallas County law enforcement agencies with the Child Abuse Division of the Dallas District Attorney’s Office every year.
The Division handles all sexual abuse cases of children under 14 years of age and all sexual abuse cases of children perpetrated by a family member or person in a position of trust or authority. Additionally, the Division prosecutes physical abuse cases committed against children under 8 and all child homicides.
The Child Abuse Division is comprised of 13 attorneys, 10 investigators, 5 support staff and a therapy dog. Division members receive specialized training on the dynamics of child abuse and the complex legal issues that arise in these cases.
The law requires every person to make a report if you suspect child abuse or neglect. To make a report of abuse or suspected abuse, contact the Department of Family and Protective Services (CPS) or your local law enforcement agency.
For more information, please visit the links below:
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Dallas Children's Advocacy Center