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Child Abuse Unit (CAU)


The Child Abuse Unit (CAU) is a centralized unit that services the entire Region of Niagara. The CAU works closely with Family and Children's Services Niagara and the Child Advocacy Centre of Niagara. The CAU was formed in 1992 and currently has 8 detectives including a supervisor.


The CAU is responsible for investigating all incidents of child sexual abuse or child physical abuse that occur in the Niagara Region, where the victim is under 16 years of age at the time the incident is reported. The investigators working in the CAU are specially trained in: Interviewing, Offences Against Children, Major Case Management, and Search Warrants.

If you believe that your child has been a victim of sexual or physical abuse, we encourage you to contact the Niagara Regional Police Service at (905) 688-4111 or Family and Children's Services Niagara at (905) 937-7731.

Partners with the CAU:

The CAU also maintains a working relationship with the following community agencies:

Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara

Family and Children's Services Niagara (FACS)

Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Treatment Program (SADV)

Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) - Contact by telephone:

(STC) (905) 685-2671 or (WEL) (905) 735-4326

For further information on the Child Abuse Unit you can contact the Child Abuse Unit Supervisor at (905) 688-4111 Ext. 5120 or see the Niagara Regional Police Child Abuse Guide.

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