OLYMPIA - The holiday season should be fun and happy for children. But for many parents, the season may create additional family stress and, in the worst case, lead to child abuse and other violence in the home.

It is everyone's responsibility to keep children safe, and it is times like the holiday season that neighbors, friends and relatives should reach out to families that are struggling to cope, according to Uma Ahluwalia, assistant secretary for the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Children's Administration.

Ahluwalia said that anyone who has concerns should call DSHS toll free 1-866-ENDHARM to report suspicions of abuse or neglect. However, she urges callers to immediately dial 911, if they believe a child is at significant risk of physical harm.

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