Street violence refers to the use of physical force by individuals or groups within public spaces, the result which may involve injury or death. Common root causes of this violence include poverty, trauma, marginalization, racism, and the global drug trade. There are many needs that must be addressed to achieve systemic change.
To get help
- YouTurn: Provides intensive services and support to youth and their families who are in conflict with the law or at risk of becoming involved in the justice system.
- Legal Aid Ontario: Legal aid for low-income individuals or households.
- Justice for Children and Youth: Provides staff lawyers to represent and advocate for youth under 18 and a lawyer for homeless youth under 25.
- Britannia Woods’ Family Capacity Advocate
- Prevention & Intervention Programs with John Howard Society of Ottawa
For more information and how to support youth
- Navigating the Youth Justice System: Educational tools to navigate the Youth Justice System from the Government of Canada.
- Navigating The Youth Criminal Justice System with Lawyer Michael Smith 7 Part Video: Discussion of the Youth Criminal Justice System (YCJS) to provide youth involved with the YCJS and their family’s essential knowledge and support about the YCJS.
- Navigating the Education System – with Student and Family Advocate: Sabrina Teklab Video: Discussion of Ottawa’s education system to better equip youth and their family’s knowledge and support to navigate education in Ottawa.