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If you are a woman and your child is facing violence, our personal safety plan can help you – you can find it by clicking this link. It’s a list of recommendations that can help you to protect yourself and your children.
What should I do if my child is facing violence?
If you are a child who’s facing violence, or if your child is facing it, or if you see that any child is facing violence, you should contact the law enforcement and any NGO, public organizations that are specializing on protecting children’s rights (you can find their contact info on the internet). You can also try reaching out to local charities and religious organizations.
What will happen to the child if I contact the police?
Child protection systems work differently in different countries. Who will represent the interests of the child in law enforcement and medical institutions, whether the child can be removed from the family if the parents use violence, how this will happen – all of this depends on the legislation of the country where you are.
In any case, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child stipulates that states parties must take all necessary legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, by a parent, legal guardian, or any other person caring for a child. Therefore, if you contact law enforcement agencies, they will be obligated to protect the child. Also, in some countries, children who have been subjected to violence are entitled to free legal, social, psychological help as well as other types of assistance.