We are a source of courage and a leader of movement and change.

Abuse Hurts is a charitable organization that has served Canadians since 1993. The Centre’s mandate is to significantly reduce the incidence and impact of abuse through education and public awareness. Abuse Hurts operates solely on private donations with no sustaining funds from any government body.

Abuse Hurts aims to raise awareness about the true cost of neglect and abuse and currently supports dozens of organizations including children’s services, victim’s services, shelters, and other agencies that deal with tens of thousands of children, women, and men whose lives have been affected by abuse. With help from the community and corporate partners, the Centre also provides access to support, healing and individual empowerment for adult survivors, their families and caregivers.

Our administrative costs are currently under 12%.

Our History

Regrettable as the incidence of abuse is, there is a failure of both our public and private programs to adequately provide assistance to those who have been affected by such trauma.

In 1993, as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Ellen Campbell, President, CEO and Founder, brought together a group of caring individuals and formed  the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness, now also known as Abuse Hurts. In 2023, we celebrated our 30th year anniversary with a variety of activities.