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Division 41 | Child Abuse Unit | Missing Persons Unit | Sex Crimes Unit
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Child Abuse Unit

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History of the Unit

The Winnipeg Police Service Child Abuse Unit has been in existence since the early 1980’s. It was developed to meet the special challenges of interviewing young victims and then bringing their cases successfully to court. Over the years, the Child Abuse Unit has worked closely with Manitoba Justice, Child and Family Services and the Child Protection Centre to develop an effective partnership in that endeavour.

Unit Mandate

The Child Abuse Unit investigates the following types of incidents:
  • Child deaths or incidents where children sustain serious injury.
  • Physical assaults on children under the age of 18, committed by a parent, guardian or person in a position of trust and authority.
  • Sexual assaults on children under the age of 18, committed by a parent, guardian or person in a position of trust and authority.
  • Sexual assaults on children under the age of 14, not committed by a parent, guardian or person in a position of trust and authority.
  • Physical or sexual assaults on adults deemed “vulnerable persons”.
  • Internet Luring investigations.
  • Sexual assaults that are historical in nature.
  • Child suicides.
  • Serious neglect.
  • Abandonment cases.

Other Important Facts

  • Members of the Child Abuse Unit work closely with Child & Family Services and are mandated to notify them of all reported child abuse cases (under the provincial Child & Family Service Act [english] [français]).
  • Cases are investigated on a priority basis, with individual and public safety issues taking precedence, followed by investigative considerations such as the need to preserve evidence, etc.
  • Interviews of child victims are generally videotaped. At times, those videotapes may also be used to form part of the child’s testimony, thereby reducing the stress of court.
  • In 2013 the Winnipeg Police Service partnered with others in Child Protection to open the Snowflake Place for Children and Youth which is a Child Advocacy Centre where investigators endeavor to complete all child interviews. The goal is to provide a child friendly environment for victims and their families to feel safe and supported. Interviews with Child and Family Services as well as preparations for court can also take place there. The Snowflake place does not take direct referrals, rather families are referred there directly by police. The Snowflake Place is located at 225 Portage Avenue.

If you wish to report a child abuse matter, please call 204-986-6222.


Province of Man Province of Manitoba - Manitoba Justice Sex Offender Notification Site
Health Sciences Centre - Sexual Assault Program Health Sciences Centre - Sexual Assault Program
KLINIC KLINIC Sexual Assault Crisis Line (24-hours - 204-786-8631)
PACCA Provincial Advisory Committee on Child Abuse (PACCA)
PACCA Manitoba Family Services/Child and Family Services

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Last update: February 6, 2015

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