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Child abuse

Child abuse is a tragic crime that most often involves someone the child knows. Statistics Canada’s Family Violence in Canada profile reports that nearly 17,000 children and youth were the victims of a sexual offence or physical assault in 2013. It is important to note that this report makes use of police-reported data which may not uncover all of the cases due to under reporting.

The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (CAS) Child Protection workers are trained professionals who work with families and community service partners, to resolve any concerns or struggles they may be experiencing.

According to the CAS, the best way to deal with child abuse and neglect is to prevent it by contacting the CAS before family problems get out of control. They can help you with information and referrals to other community services.

If you would like to know more about child abuse, how to recognize it, prevent it and respond to it, visit the Department of Justice’s Family Violence Initiative website.

The Ottawa Police Service has a Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Section. If you know of a child who may be the victim of abuse, contact the OPS.

See the Victims of Crime section of the Toolkit for resources for support and referrals concerning child abuse.