33 CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS Children who see or hear family violence Children can also suffer emotional abuse from seeing or hearing violence between other family members. Even if they don’t see or hear the violence, they can be affected by seeing the results of the violence. It can be very hard for children to see or hear family violence even if they are not being physically hurt themselves.They will probably feel scared and insecure. What can I do? Every province and territory has a law that says that any person who believes a child is being abused must report it.You will not get in trouble for making the report if you have reason to believe a child is being abused, even if it turns out you were wrong. If you believe that a child you know is being emotionally abused, you can: • Call your local child protection services. • Talk to a public health nurse, doctor, social worker or teacher. • Call your local help line. (continued) Reproduced from the Department of Justice publication Child Abuse is Wrong: What Can I Do? without affiliation or endorsement of the Government of Canada. Need help but don’t know where to start? 211 can help. It’s free and confidential. CALL: 211 TEXT: 211 SEARCH: EMAIL: