Children experience domestic violence in many ways. They may hear one parent threaten or demean the other, or see a parent who is angry and afraid. They may see or hear one parent physically harm the other, or destroy property. Children may live in fear that something will happen again.
They may even be the targets of abuse.
CWWA is an intervention/prevention program created by the BC/Yukon Society of Transition Houses to address the needs of children and youth aged 3 to 18 who have been exposed to violence at home.
Children are the best hope for ending the inter-generational cycle of abuse, and they deserve the opportunity to heal and to learn positive and respectful ways of relating to themselves and others.
At Haven Society, we offer children a place to be believed and heard – we support them to express feelings they may never have expressed before.
The goal of the CWWA Program is to interrupt/break the cycle of inter-generational abuse by:
Supporting children exposed to violence in relationships
Addressing their emotional and psychological needs
Developing parental awareness of how domestic violence affects their children
Working with parents and caregivers to improve skills in parenting and supporting the unique needs of their children
Raising community awareness through violence prevention education
CWWA Services available:
Individual support and group counselling for children, youth, and caregivers
School based groups and education activities designed to prevent violence
Presentations to the community on the effects of exposure to domestic violence
For more information or to receive support from the CWWA program, please call 250-756-2452.
If you or your children are in a crisis and need a safe place to stay, call our toll free 24-hour crisis line 1-888-756-0616.
The CWWA program would not exist without the generous support of our local community. To donate to the the Children Who Witness Abuse program, please contact Haven at 250-756-2452 extension 239.