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Child Abuse Reporting on the Decline. British Columbia Network of Child and Youth Advocacy Centres urging community action

Today, the British Columbia (BC) Network of Child and Youth Advocacy Centres is releasing a public service announcement aimed at educating citizens in our province on the moral and legal obligation to report suspicions of child abuse. We are particularly concerned during this time where the typical safeguards for children and youth who experience abuse are impacted.

CYACs provide a safe place where children and youth who have experienced abuse can go to tell their story and be supported throughout the entire disclosure, investigation, judicial and healing journey.

As citizens of British Columbia, we all have a role to play in keeping kids safe

  • For immediate help call 911 or find your local police detachment here
  • If you are a child or youth and need help call 310-1234 – Ministry of Children and Family Development Helpline for Children
  • If you have a concern about a child or youth’s safety call 1-800-663-9122 – Ministry of Children and Family Development
  • For support contact Oak Child and Youth Advocacy Centre or call VictimLinkBC at 1-800-563-0808 or email VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca to receive information and be connected to the nearest victim services program.

The BC Network of Child and Youth Advocacy Centres represents over 100 professionals responding to child abuse across BC who work as part of a CYAC team in these communities: Kamloops, Kelowna, Kootenay/Boundary Region, Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows, Prince George, Surrey, Vancouver, Vernon, and Victoria.

For Media Release – BC Network of Child and Youth Advocacy Centres, visit: BCCYAC Media Release May 11 2020

For more information, please contact:

Ginny Becker: 778-363-4974 | Ginny@CACkelowna.com OR
Leah Zille: 604-808-3809 | leah@treehousevancouver.ca

Province provides grants to prevent crime, create safer communities.

On April 27th, 2020, an announcement by Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, confirmed Archway Society for Domestic Peace to be one of the recipients for funding support through its Civil Forfeiture Crime Prevention and Remediation Grants Program.

The BC Civil Forfeiture Office provides grants through a program managed by the Community Safety and Crime Prevention (CSCP) branch. The intent of the program is for seizures of the proceeds of crimes to be used to make our communities safer.

“Taking the proceeds of crime and putting them back into our communities is just one of the many ways we’re enhancing the services that people count on,” said Mike Farnworth, in a news release.

Since 2011, the Crime Prevention and Remediation grant program has provided more than $49 million to help organizations throughout B.C. to further their crime prevention and remediation efforts. This year, the Crime Prevention and Remediation grant program has awarded just over $11.8 million in grants for 267 projects across the province.

“Living with domestic and sexual violence is the reality for far too many people in our communities ʹhurting the most vulnerable people. Too many women and children live through abuse and far too many die from it,” said Mitzi Dean, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity. “Civil forfeiture grants are critical to supporting the work of our community partners and front-line workers who are doing the work every day to protect and support survivors of violence.”

Archway Society Programs benefiting from this grant include:

Oak Child and Youth Advocacy Centre: Supports the centre to continue to provide a safe space for children who have experienced trauma to come forward and share their story with police or social workers in a welcoming environment while receiving the necessary wraparound supports to ensure the youth’s wellbeing. This grant will provide therapy supports and training for the multi-disciplinary team that work to respond to child abuse and sexual assault.

Support for Sexual Assault Survivors: This project will enhance the response to sexual assault in the North Okanagan.  Activities will include training for community service providers on how to support sexual assault survivors, workshops for SANE nurses, on-call hours for employees to respond to sexual assault survivors after business hours, and high school presentations on healthy relationships and consent.

Provincial two-day workshop: This project will provide a workshop for child and youth victim service workers who work in child and youth advocacy centres throughout the province. The focus of the training would be on how to best prepare and support children to testify in court.

We are grateful to receive these grants; these grants will help us continue our mission of empowering women, children and families to live with dignity and respect, free from domestic and sexual violence.

Learn More:

Civil Forfeiture Remediation Grant Program Funding Announcement, visit:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/crime-prevention/community-crime-prevention/grants/cfo-news-release-apr-27-2020.pdf