Children Who Witness Abuse (CWWA)

Counselling services are provided for children and youth (ages 3 -18) who have witnessed and / or experienced abuse, threats, or violence in the home.  Understanding the impact of power imbalances in our society is a central approach to working with the families that access this service. This includes education about the direct impact on those who live in an environment where they witness threats, abuse or violence against women and children. 

What To Expect

The objectives of the CWWA program are:

  • Stopping the inter-generational cycle of abuse by teaching non-violent ways to resolve conflict
  • Teaching safety skills and strategies
  • Promoting the process of healing
  • Supporting children to understand they are not at fault for the abusive actions of others
  • Supporting children and youth to label and express feelings they have experienced as a result of abuse witnessed and/or experienced.
  • Assisting children to understand healthy ways of dealing with anger and expressing anger
  • Facilitating the understanding of abuse and myths about violence against women

This province wide program was developed through BC Society of Transition Houses over 20 years ago. The Ministry of Justice currently funds a total of approximately 17 hours of counselling weekly.

Program Contact Information

Lynn Mackay, Manager, Child and Family Counselling

Phone

604-885-5881 ext. 228

Sunshine Coast Community Services

PO Box 1069, 5638 Inlet Ave.

Sechelt, BC, V0N 3A0

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