Juvenile

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
Justice Center Annex 
222- 5th Avenue 
Des Moines, IA  50309
(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
dan.larson@polkcountyiowa.gov

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
                Eric.Hansen@polkcountyiowa.gov      

The Iowa Department of Human Services Abuse Hotline

Available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. 
Call:  1-800-362-2178

Law Enforcement

Call 9-1-1

Reports can be made verbally, in writing, anonymously or 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.

Due to COVID-19, visits have been temporarily suspended. Parents/guardians may contact the Program Administrator, Dan Larson at (515) 286-2100 to arrange for a virtual visit.