The Ride for Refuge is a family-friendly cycling and walking fundraiser that supports charities who provide refuge and hope for displaced, vulnerable and exploited people everywhere. We are excited – this is our first time joining the Ride and we hope…Read More
Thank you for being a part of walking the journey with young victims and witnesses in our community. Whether it is by delivering services alongside ours, by volunteering, or through donations, funding or by supporting our events, you are ensuring that…Read More
On August 24, the first annual Widows Sons Grand River Chapter Charity Ride took place with 54 riders and 11 passengers embarking from Blackridge Harley-Davidson in Cambridge for a scenic motorcycle ride in support of the Child Witness Centre. The day…Read More
The day included a BBQ, a putting competition, and ended with a fantastic dinner reception, all of which was accented by a strong sense of doing good for your community. During the reception, a former client shared her experience of trauma from back wh…Read More
…that you were a child or youth who was a victim or witness of abuse or violence.
…that the accused was someone you knew.
…how this can affect you and your family over your lifetime.
… someone was there to walk with you through the criminal justice process, support you and advocate on your behalf.
This is the work of the Child Witness Centre.
We will be there so that you and your family are heard, helped and can begin to heal.
Each year we support children and youth who are or may become a victim or witness of abuse or crime, and their families.
This year we supported 5630 young people and their families in Waterloo Region, Guelph and Wellington County.
children and youth experienced support, education and advocacy through the criminal
parents and caregivers experienced support, education and advocacy through the criminal justice process
Grade 8 students and their teachers were inspired and empowered through the
Child & Youth Advocacy Centre
& Child and Youth Advocate Program
Established in May 2016, the Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) is a best practice collaborative child and youth friendly model for investigating allegations of child abuse and ensuring these young victims, witnesses and their families are supported through an investigation and beyond, regardless of whether charges are laid. Core Partners in the CYAC are Waterloo Regional Police, Family and Children’s Services and the Child Witness Centre. Our role in the CYAC is to provide oversight of the Centre and deliver victim support services through the Child and Youth Advocate Program.
To learn about how this collaborative model is transforming investigations of abuse and support for these young victims, watch the video above or click here to learn more.
Child Witness Program
Established in 1991, the Child Witness Program works in partnership with the justice system and community partners to provide victim support services through the criminal court process for children and youth under the age of 18, who are victims and witnesses of crime, and their families, in Waterloo Region, Guelph and Wellington County.
To learn more, click the video above to watch the moving video of a mother telling her and her daughter’s story above or learn more click here.