​​Victoria Child Abuse Prevention and Counselling Centre

Also known as the Mary Manning Centre

MindShift is an app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. It can help you change how you think about anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxiety, you can make an important shift and face it.

Youth Corner

Youthspace.ca -- online or text chat and support for you the your paragraph here.

Mindyourmind.ca -- mindyourmind is a space for youth and young adults (14-24) to find support when going through tough times. It’s a place to get unstuck. A place to share, grow, and learn, a place to meet people like you who are coping with challenges, a place to get what you need to yourself and your friends. Designed by youth for youth.  

www.kidshelpphone.ca 1-800-668-6868 -- Kids Help Phone provides information and support. Confidential and safe. Live web chat or phone support.

www.youthinbc.com  Youth in BC – online crisis support for youth in BC 

www.openmindbc.ca -- Open Mind BC – Help and information for mental health 

​Kids Helping Kids – A resource book for kids and youth who have been exposed to domestic violence

www.scarleteen.com -- Scarleteen -- Sex Ed for the Real world – inclusive, comprehensive, supportive sexuality and relationship info for teens and emerging adults. Information, videos, facts, help, and online chat and text support 

​https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga/videos​ -- Cosmic Kids Yoga

BC Mental Health service portal

Anxiety BC Youth

Pacifica- Stress, anxiety, and depression can get in the way of you living your life. Pacifica gives you psychologist-designed tools to address them based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness meditation, relaxation, and mood/health tracking

Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool which provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body and instructions and practice exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing​

​What is Abuse?

Self Reporting

Stay Alive is a pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide


James is Dead: You wouldn't blame someone for getting murdered so why blame someone for getting sexually assaulted?

Are you under 19? Has something happened to you? You are not alone. 

If you or someone you know has been hurt by someone, or is experiencing abuse, violence, or neglect there are people here to help you.

Get help by calling the helpline at 310-1234. You do not need an area code. You can call at any time of the day or night and you do not have to give your name.

If you are in immediate danger – call the police – 9-1-1 24 hours a day 7 days a week

Telling someone that you have been hurt or are experiencing abuse can feel scary.  There are people here to support you. You can call a Victim Service worker that can answer questions and help you with the reporting process.

If you live in the Greater Victoria Area, call a Victim Service worker at (250) 385-6111, Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.

Physical abuse is often the most easily recognized form of abuse. Physical abuse can be any kind of hitting, shaking, burning, pinching, biting, choking, throwing, beating, and other actions that cause physical injury, leave marks, or cause pain. Physical abuse of a child is when a parent or caregiver causes any non-accidental physical injury to a child. There are many signs of physical abuse.

Sexual abuse: Sexual abuse occurs when an adult uses a child for sexual purposes or involves a child in sexual acts. It also includes when a child who is older or more powerful uses another child for sexual gratification or excitement. 

Sexual abuse of children includes:

  • Non-contact abuse
  • Making a child view a sex act
  • Making a child view or show sex organs
  • Inappropriate sexual talk
  • Contact abuse
  • Fondling and oral sex
  • Penetration
  • Making children perform a sex act
  • Exploitation
  • Child prostitution and child pornography

Emotional abuse: When a parent or caregiver harms a child’s mental and social development, or causes severe emotional harm, it is considered emotional abuse. While a single incident may be abuse, most often emotional abuse is a pattern of behavior that causes damage over time.

Child neglect is when a parent or caregiver does not give the care, supervision, affection and support needed for a child’s health, safety and well-being. Child neglect includes:

  • Physical neglect and inadequate supervision
  • Emotional neglect
  • Medical neglect
  • Educational neglect

Family violence can affect anyone. It can happen in any kind of family. Sometimes parents abuse each other, which can be hard for a child to witness. Some parents abuse their kids by using physical or verbal cruelty as a way of discipline.

Cycling Through Consent clarifies consent and why it is a must for everything from riding a bike to sex.

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