The Need

Why Calgary Needs a Child Advocacy Centre

Child abuse is something no one wants to talk about. It happens in Calgary and surrounding area. Everyday.  Child abuse knows no limits – it transcends all backgrounds, walks of life, all cultures. Children and families are ashamed, broken and silenced.

Child and youth victims of sexual and physical abuse deserve the best possible response when they find the courage and opportunity to disclose abuse. That's why agencies involved with children and families in Calgary are working together to make a difference in the lives of children and families affected by abuse.

The Child Advocacy Centre (CAC) adopts a seamless, coordinated and collaborative approach to addressing the needs of child and youth victims of abuse. The newly established Calgary Child Advocacy Centre will be there for vulnerable children and their parents. It is anticipated that the creation of the CAC will contribute to efforts to raise awareness of child abuse in our community and also contribute to increased reporting of abuse incidents.

This collaborative partnership brings together the investigative strength of the following organizations, under one roof: 

CACs are recognized internationally as an effective and efficient way to support child and youth victims of sexual and physical assault throughout the criminal justice process. The first CAC was created in Huntsville, Alabama in 1985. Since then, hundreds of jurisdictions in North America and around the world have adopted this model in order to better meet the needs of child and youth victims.

Through extensive research, it has been shown that CACs improve experiences for children who have been abused. Their experience at a CAC is designed to support their healing and assist them in recovering from the severe stress and trauma of abuse. CACs have also been shown to increase collaboration in child abuse cases, reduce costs and speed up prosecutions. This collaboration assists both the agencies charged with protecting children and youth and law enforcement agencies responsible for investigating criminal activity.

By the numbers: