Family Violence

The term "family violence" refers to abuse between family members – parents, parents and children, siblings, etc.

In the case of family violence against children, it can involve a father, mother, step-parent, sibling, cousin, aunt, uncle, grandparent or other relative. It is usually done by someone who is older or has authority or power over others in the family or by someone the family trusts.

The abuse can be physical, psychological/emotional or sexual. Neglect is another form of abuse that takes place when parents or guardians do not take proper care of or attend to the needs of children in a family.

All of these forms of abuse are wrong and some are crimes.

If you are a young person who is being abused or if you witness someone else being abused, you can call the Kids' Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 to speak to someone who can help you. The call is free of charge and you don't need to give your name.

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