What is Cild Abuse?

The term "child abuse" refers to the violence, mistreatment or neglect that a child or adolescent may experience while in the care of someone they either trust or depend on, such as a parent, sibling, other relative, caregiver or guardian. (Department of Justice Canada, 2005).

Types of Child Abuse?

  • Physical Abuse
  • Shaking, Pushing, Hitting
  • Emotional Maltreatment
  • Verbal abuse to emotional neglect
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Penetration to sexual exploitation
  • Exposure to family violence
  • Witness to violence between caregivers
  • Neglect
  • Failure to supervise the child or abandonment

It is important to note, however, that these types of abuse are more typically found in combination than alone. A physically abused child, for example, is often emotionally abused as well, and a sexually abused child also may be neglected.

Help A Friend

  • Listen to them, and let them know you believe them.
  • Don't be judgmental, and don't criticize them.
  • Tell them they don't deserve to be abused.
  • Talk to them about the choices they have, but don't tell them what to do.
  • Support them.
  • Offer to go with them to a counselor.
Report Abuse

If you know a child who is: 
  • * left home alone
  • * living with violence
  • * left without supervision
  • * sexually abused
  • * physically harmed
  • * emotionally harmed 

You are OBLIGATED to Report it!

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, please call the RCMP at 279-3001 or your local RCMP detachment or Child Protection at 279-7900.