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Public Safety Alert,
Protecting Vulnerable People

Broadcast time: 08:30
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Corporate Communications

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Toronto Police Service has not experienced an increase in reports for crimes against vulnerable people, including those for child abuse, intimate partner violence, or elder abuse.

However, we also know these crimes often go unreported. If you are a victim of any kind of abuse, or if you believe someone you know is being victimized, there are community resources available and the police are actively responding to these calls for service.

Child Abuse

Everyone has a responsibility to report to a Children’s Aid Society any suspicions that a child is, or may be, in need of protection.

The Service collaborates with partner agencies at Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre in order to best provide care and support to children in need. Since 2013, Boost CYAC has been comprised of specialized child abuse investigators from the Toronto Police Service, in collaboration with members of the Catholic Children's Aid Society, the Children's Aid Society of Toronto, the Hospital for Sick Children's Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Program (SCAN), Radius Child & Youth Services, and Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre.

We know that, during this time, some families may have trouble coping with what’s happening around the world and in our own city. We also know that parents may be trying to cope with lost wages, feelings of isolation, and other factors, that often result in stressful situations for the whole family.

Services are available to any child or family that need them and we would encourage parents and families to reach out if they believe they need to be supported.

Kids Help Phone - 1-800-668-6868
Children’s Aid Society of Toronto – 416-924-4646
Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto - 416-395-1500
Jewish Family & Child Service of Greater Toronto - 416-638-7800
Native Child & Family Services of Toronto - 416-969-8510

Intimate Partner Violence

The Toronto Police Service works closely with community partners to ensure that victims of domestic violence and their children get the help and support they need.

You can connect with the agencies listed below and be provided with community resources in your neighbourhood.

Victim Services Toronto - 416-808-7066
Assaulted Women Helpline - GTA: 416-863-0511 - T/F 1-866-863-0511

Elder Abuse

Elder abuse may happen to any older person regardless of gender, culture, race, financial status, mental or physical condition and occurs more frequently when an older person is socially isolated. It takes many forms, not all of which are visible including emotional abuse, neglect, theft or financial coercion.

If you or someone you know needs support, please contact one of the community organizations listed below:

Toronto Seniors Helpline – 416-217-2077
Seniors Safety Line – 1-866-299-1011
Advocacy Centre for the Elderly - 1-855-598-2656 or 416-598-2656

In all cases, if you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911. Non-emergency calls for service can be made to 416-808-2222 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes or Google Play.

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Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications