Child abuse hurts the child, the family, and society.
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, Group, and Family Counselling Programs at
Mary Manning 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.
Sexual Abuse Intervention Program (SAIP)
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).
Youth with Sexual Behaviour Problems Program (YwSBP’s)
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.
Other Forms of Trauma (OFT)
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.
Individual, Family & Group
210 - 1175 Cook Street, Victoria BC V8V 4A1 - Phone: (250) 385-6111 - Fax: (250) 386-8111 - Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Victim Assistance Program
Prevention & Education
Victoria Child Abuse Prevention and Counselling believes prevention is the first step towards addressing child abuse in our community. Our staff create and promote a variety of prevention programs and services throughout the community, including school-based prevention programs, parenting groups, youth groups, and Victim Service initiatives.
Call the Mary Manning Centre at 250-385-6111 for more information.
Victim Service workers have specialized expertise in supporting children and youth involved in the criminal justice system. Services are available for all child/youth victims and witnesses of violent crimes, abuse, and assault, including domestic violence and child protection cases. Children, youth, families, service providers, and Crown can provide referrals.
Support available: Accompaniment and family support at the time of police interviews at Victoria Child and Youth Advocacy centre or at police station or other location, accompaniment to hospital medical examinations, support and information about the criminal justice process for children, youth, and non-offending family members, child and youth witness preparation, liaison with police and criminal justice personnel, court support, court accompaniment and information throughout the criminal justice process and referrals to community resources and counselling.
Victim service also provides assistance with Victim Impact Statement, advocacy and assistance in accessing programs such as the Crime Victim Assistance and Victim Notification programs, information about rights under the Victims of Crime Act.
Victoria Child and Youth Advocacy Centre
The Victoria Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (Victoria CYAC) is a collaborative initiative with community partners (including MCFD, RCMP, and municipal police) and the Victoria Child Abuse Prevention and Counselling Centre that provides a separate location and safe, child-friendly environment to conduct investigative interviews and connect child and youth victims and their families with Victim Service support as soon as possible.
The Victoria CYAC houses two forensic interview rooms, specifically designed for police and child protection interviews. The Victoria CYAC focuses on providing a child-friendly and trauma-informed environment and support team for all child/youth victims and witnesses of violent crimes, abuse, and assault, including domestic violence and child protection cases. All referrals for Victoria Child and Youth Advocacy Centre are facilitated by municipal police, RCMP, and MCFD.
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