Who Will Investigate The Report of Abuse?
Depending on how old you are, who the abuser is, and the nature of the abuse, the Administration for Childrens Services and/or the Criminal Justice System may get involved. Some abuse will be handled by one or the other, and some abuse will be handled by both systems.
In New York City, the police, ACS workers, hospitals, and lawyers try to work together so you wont have to be interviewed by too many people. You may be accompanied to or asked to go to a Child Advocacy Center where everyone can meet together for one interview. Staff there is specially trained to make this a safe and comfortable experience.
The Administration for Childrens Services is supposed to protect you and keep you safe. The job of the criminal justice system is to focus on the abuser.