Our Children, Youth, and Families

Children and youth of any race, culture, socioeconomic group, gender, ability, or sexual orientation may be touched by violence or abuse. Alisa’s Wish Child and Youth Advocacy Centre helps all children and youth up to 18 years of age who have experienced or witnessed physical, emotional or sexual abuse. As well, we assist their supporting families.

Family Violence in Canada (2009) statistics reports:

  • Police-report assault rates are higher for children and youth than for adults and sexual assaults are five times higher than they are for adults
  • Approximately 53,000 children and youth were victims of police-reported assaults in Canada. 13,200 of these involved a family member
  • The numbers above only represent a portion of violence committed against young people. On average, about half of these incidents aren’t reported.
  • Children and youth are more likely to be assaulted by someone they know or are related to
  • Girls aged 12 - 15 years were at greatest risk of sexual assault
  • Boys (46%) were more likely than girls (36%) to be injured as a consequence of family-perpetrated violence

Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Katzie First Nation all have approximately 22,000 children and youth.

It is estimated that there are 866 abuse incidents in our community annually, but only 36% are reported.

That’s approximately 300 children and youth in the Ridge Meadows area who could access Alisa’s Child and Youth Advocacy Centre help each year.