What is a Child Advocacy Centre?
Child Advocacy Centres (CACs) are child-focused centres that provide a trauma-informed, coordinated approach to investigation, intervention, treatment & prosecution in child abuse cases. CACs minimize the impact of child abuse on the victim & the family by:
- Reducing the number of times the child/youth victim has to repeat their experience of abuse
- Providing a faster & more streamlined investigation process
- Increasing timely access to support & therapeutic resources for child/youth victims & their families
- Providing long-term support & follow-up for the child/youth and their family
CACs provide a leading practice in joint investigation intended to serve the developmental & emotional needs of young victims through the dovetailing of investigation & criminal justice while providing follow-up mental health needs.
Visit CAC Canada website’s to learn more: http://cac-cae.ca/
of alleged perpetrators are known to their child victims.
of sexual abuse cases involved girls & 31% involved boys.
of physical abuse cases involved boys & 40% involved girls.
of physical abuse cases resulted from inappropriate punishment.