It is not just an individual problem but a family and social problem. Society, including each community, has an obligation to respond to the problem of child abuse. Victoria Child Abuse Prevention & Counselling is a non-profit organization providing a response in our community and offers several services through the Mary Manning Centre and the Victoria Child and Youth Advocacy Centre.
Individual counselling support is available for child and youth victims. Our counsellors and therapists provide support in a variety of modalities, including art, and expressive therapies, play-based interventions, trauma-informed cognitive behavioural therapy, and other therapeutic interventions. With young children sessions often include their caregiver. Our counsellors and therapists offer individual or group support to parents/caregivers to strengthen family connection after trauma and may include family counselling as needed. Group counselling is offered based on availability and client need. Past groups have included Youth Trauma Group, Parenting through Trauma, and Safety Skills for preschool and young children.
The Ministry of Children & Family Development (MCFD) supports a specialized program which allows eligible youth 12-18 to access individual counselling that includes family support to address sexual behaviour problems for non-adjudicated youth. All referrals for this program must go through MCFD Child and Youth Mental Health Gatekeeper.
When funding is available, Mary Manning Centre provides individual and family support for children and youth and their families who have experienced other forms of trauma including physical & emotional abuse. Trauma counselling support is available for children, youth, and families living within the Greater Victoria Area (including Westshore and Sooke). Children, youth, families, and service providers can provide referrals.
This counselling program is designed for children where sexual abuse is suspected or confirmed and/or for children under 12 with sexual behavior problems. Located in downtown Victoria, SAIP therapeutic services are available for children, youth and families living within the Greater Victoria Area. Children, youth, families, and community service providers can provide referrals.
Other regional SAIP program services are available at Pacific Centre Family Services Association (located on the Westshore) and Hulitan Family and Community Services Society (located in Victoria with services available for Aboriginal children, youth, and families).
Also known as the Mary Manning Centre