Polk County Community, Family & Youth Services

Reporting Abuse

Reporting Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment or Staff Sexual Misconduct

If you are a victim of sexual abuse, assault, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment or staff sexual misconduct while in custody by any law enforcement agency or correctional facility, or if you know of an incident of sexual assault of a person in the custody of any law enforcement agency, correctional facility or in this program, please report it immediately!

Who to Inform
  • Any staff member at the Polk County Juvenile Detention Center.  It is part of their job to ensure safety and maintain confidentiality.

  • The youth's Juvenile Court Officer.

Polk County Juvenile Court 
2309 Euclid Avenue 
Des Moines, IA  50310
(515) 286-3960

  • The Program Administrator of the Polk County Juvenile Detention Center

Currently, Dan Larson
Polk County Juvenile Detention Center 
1548 Hull Avenue 
Des Moines, IA  50316 
(515) 286-2100

  • The PREA Compliance Officer at the Polk County Juvenile Detention Center

Currently, Eric Hansen
Polk County Juvenile Detention Center 
1548 Hull Avenue 
Des Moines, IA  50316
(515) 286-3344

  • The Iowa Department of Human Services Abuse Hotline.  Available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  1-800-362-2178.

  •  Report it directly to Law Enforcement by calling 9-1-1.
Reports can be made in any of the following ways:
  • Verbally
  • In Writing
  • Anonymously
  • By a Third Party
Family, friends and community advocates can also report allegations of sexual abuse, sexual harassment and retaliation. All reported incidents of sexual misconduct will be investigated. 
Retaliation for Reporting Sexual Abuse, Harassment, or Misconduct is Prohibited

The Polk County Juvenile Detention Center prohibits anyone from interfering with an investigation, including intimidation or retaliation against witnesses.  If you believe you are being unfairly transferred or punished in some way because you filed a complaint or assisted in the investigation of a complaint, please report this immediately to the Program Administrator or Investigator.

Contact Us

Community & Family Division
Polk County River Place
2309 Euclid Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50310

Youth Services Division
Juvenile Detention 515-286-3344
Centralized Intake 515-286-3350
1548 Hull Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50316