Child abuse is when a child or youth has been intentionally hurt, or when a parent or caregiver fails to protect a child/youth in their care and the child/youth is harmed as a result. Statistics Canada’s Family Violence in Canada profile reports that just over 69,000 children and youth were victims of physical assault in 2019. It’s important to note that this report makes use of police-reported data which may not uncover all cases due to under-reporting. Each of us has the responsibility for the welfare of children. That responsibility extends to those situations where children and youth suffer abuse and neglect in their own homes.

To get help

  • Children’s Aid Society: The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa provides networks of support for children and youth and their families.
  • Black Youth Helpline: Call 1-833-294-8650.
  • Kids Help Phone: Call 1-800-668-6868
    • Need help right now? Text CONNECT to 686868 to chat with a volunteer Crisis Responder 24/7