Can children be affected?
Yes, children can suffer emotionally and physically as a result of being exposed to violence within their family.
They might withdraw, feel helpless and/or blame themselves. They might develop problems with wetting, soiling and sleeping.
They might copy violent behaviour and think that it is normal.
For more information, see the Domestic Violence Hurts Children Too!! brochure produced by the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) and their video Children See, Children Do (1:00).
Where can children get help?
Children can get free, private and confidential telephone and online counselling from the Kids Helpline.
Telephone: 1800 55 1800
If children feel in danger, they can also call the police.
In an emergency: 000
For police attendance: 131 444
The police and the Department for Child Protection are available to step into any situation where a child has been assaulted. Any person who believes that a child is in any danger from assault or is abused or neglected by her or his parents or a guardian or other persons, should report this to the Department for Child Protection.
Child Abuse Report Line: 13 14 78.
A number of professional people who come into contact with children in the course of their work are obliged by law to report suspected cases of child abuse. For more information, see CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE, Child Protection, Notification.
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