Our thanks to everyone who made the 2018 Westmount Tradition Charity Doubles Tennis Tournament in support of the Child Witness Centre such a success!
Donations are still gratefully received! For assistance with making a donation - please contact Sally Sarachman any time at 519-575-1052 or Sally.Sarachman@childwitness.com.
Have you ever thought about what it must be like for a young person to be hurt repeatedly by someone they love and trust? Someone who puts food on the table or does their laundry and drives them to activities? What must it be like for a child or youth to watch someone they love hurt someone else who they love?
Can you imagine the impact this might have on how these young people see the world, interact at school or function in relationships? How they raise their own children?
A recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal states that more than one third of Canadians have suffered some form of child abuse in their lives. Consider then that a third of the young people at one of our local colleges or universities, a third of the young people in your neighbourhood, a third of the adults in your workplace have suffered some form of child abuse.
The Child Witness Centre provides support, education and advocacy for children and youth who are or may become victims or witnesses of abuse or crime, and their families, through the criminal justice process. Our vision is a community where young people are safe, valued and heard, empowering them toward strong futures.
In 2016, the Child Witness Centre led an initiative to establish a Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) – a safe, welcoming, child and youth friendly place where allegations of abuse are investigated by specialized professionals. Advocates from the Child Witness Centre walk with these young people and their families through the process and connect them to services that can help them begin to heal. In its first 12 months professionals from Waterloo Region Police and Family and Children's Services of the Waterloo Region were involved with 518 investigations at the CYAC involving 717 young people and their families, 348 of whom were supported by Advocates.
Tournament proceeds will ensure that more than 25 children, youth and their families have the support of an Advocate, helping to foster hope and empowering them towards strong futures.
To find out more about the Child Witness Centre, please click here.