Help and Support for Youth Victims of Crime
Support services are available throughout B.C. to children and young people (under 19) who are victims of crime. This section provides phone numbers for children and young people to call if you need help and support. It also provides information about how to report when a child or young person needs protection.
Helpline for Children
Call the Helpline for Children at 310-1234 in B.C. (free of charge, no area code is needed). If you are calling from a pay phone, there is no charge to call the operator to have your call connected. To use the telephone device for the deaf, dial: 1-866-660-0505.
- Call the Helpline if you are a child or youth and need help and support or if you have a concern about the safety and well-being of a child or youth.
Youth Against Violence Line
Call the Youth Against Violence Line (YAVL) at 1-800-680-4264 in B.C. (free of charge), 24 hours, 7 days a week. Deaf and hard of hearing callers: TTY 604 875-0885 (collect calls accepted) or text: 604 836-6381.
- Call YAVL if you are a youth and need help and support or if you are concerned about your or someone else’s safety. You can make the call without giving your name. Information you provide is kept confidential.
Call Cybertip.ca at 1-866-658-9022 in B.C. (free of charge).
- Call Cybertip to report online (Internet or email) sexually explicit images of children or youth.
Youth and Child Safety
You have a legal obligation to report when a child or youth is being abused, neglected or put at risk and needs protection. You must report the matter to the Ministry of Children and Family Development. For information and to receive help making a report concerning a child or youth who needs protection, please call: Helpline for Children.
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