Mandated Reporting in Massachusetts
Filing a mandated report is always a difficult decision. It always requires thought and care before action, and this is particularly true for domestic violence cases, as it can risk increasing danger. It is important not to make that decision alone, but to seek the consultation and support of your supervisor or other consultant.
- In Massachusetts, there is no requirement to report incidents of abuse of a non-elderly, non-disabled adult. Intimate partner violence itself is not reportable.
- Social workers are required by law to report abuse of a child by a caretaking adult (Mass General Law Chapter 119A, Section 51A), abuse of an elder (Mass General Law Chapter 19A), and abuse of a person with a disability (Mass General Law Chapter 19C). Social workers who fail to report such incidents are subject to fines and possible loss of licensure.