With help from community and corporate partners, the Centre also provides accessible support, healing and individual empowerment for adult survivors, their families and caregivers.
Abuse Hurts continues to raise awareness about the true cost of neglect and abuse and supports over 130 organizations nationally, including children’s services, victims services, shelters and other agencies that deal with over 200,000 children, women and men whose lives have been affected by abuse.
In addition to prevention programs, Abuse Hurts’ mandated mission is awareness, education, and advocacy. Round Table Discussions held throughout Ontario resulted in 60 recommendations to protect children that were made in a report called Martin’s Hope. The report, researched and written by John Muise, Abuse Hurts’ then full-time Public Safety Director, contains the Age of Consent legislation that passed in Canada in February 2008.
As CEO & Founder for the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness, the name Ellen Campbell has become synonymous with abuse prevention and recovery in Canada. In recognition of her work and the national influence achieved by Abuse Hurts, in December 2006, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada appointed Ms. Campbell to The Minister’s Advisory Committee on
Judicial Appointments for Ontario, a position that she continued to hold until 2010. Abuse Hurts is also a member of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Violence in the Media Coalition through Ms. Campbell’s participation. Ms. Campbell has received numerous awards including The Queen’s Jubilee Medal and the Order of Ontario.