​​Victoria Child Abuse Prevention and Counselling Centre

Also known as the Mary Manning Centre

​Behavioural Indicators


In a young child

  • Excessive sadness, frequent crying, anxiety.
  • Inserting objects into the vagina or rectum.
  • Excessive dependency, fear of home or a specific place; excessive fear of men or women, lacks trust in others.
  • Age-inappropriate sexual play or sexually explicit drawings.
  • Sudden non-participation in activities, poor peer relationships, self-image; overall poor self-care.


In an older child

  • ​Sudden lack of interest in friends or activities, unable to "have fun" with others.
  • Startled response to touching.
  • Overwhelming interest in sexual activities.
  • Hostility towards authority, truancy and/or running away from home.
  • Wearing of provocative clothing or layers of clothing to hide bruises.
  • Recurrent physical complaints that are without physiological basis.
  • Suicide attempts, drug/alcohol misuse, poor personal hygiene, promiscuity, sexual acting out in a variety of ways.

Great Manuals

If the child or youth is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 or your local police department.

Emotional Abuse Is Far Worse Than You Think shares why emotional or psychological maltreatment may have consequences that are as bad, if not worse than physical or sexual abuse. 

Physical Indicators


  • Sleep disturbances and nightmares.
  • Sudden weight change.
  • Cuts or sores made by the child on their arms.
  • Recurring physical ailments.
  • Difficulty in walking or sitting, excessive itching in the genital or anal area due to infections.
  • Torn and stained or bloody underwear.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Injuries to the mouth, genital or anal areas.

I Not OK- Teen suicide prevention and awareness discusses some of the potential causes and symptoms of depression and what to do if one believes that a youth may be having suicidal thoughts

If you suspect abuse: 

If you think or suspect a child or youth (anyone 18 or under) is being, is at risk of being, or has been abused or neglected, you have the legal duty to report your concerns to a child protection worker at :

Signs of Abuse

Parenting & Discipline : How to Discipline Your Child Without Yelling or Spanking provides tips for using non-physical discipline.

National Child Trauma Stress Network (USA)- Resources and information for supporting your child with trauma


Open Mind BC- Help and information for mental health 


The Door That’s Not Locked- Run by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, The Door That’s Not Locked website provides information for parents, caregivers, and professionals for Online safety, including age appropriate resources


The Canadian Centre for Child Protection- The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a registered charity dedicated to the personal safety of all children


https://wisepractices.ca/- Wise Practices is a new website that was created to respond to the First Nations' youth suicide epidemic by supporting communities

Helpline for Children:   310-1234

Helpful Videos

Websites to Help

Ministry for Children:   1-800-663-9122

Parenting Tips- What is positive discipline? outlines the difference between positive and negative discipline and the 8 key features of positive discipline