08/11/2015 06:38 EDT | Updated 08/11/2016 01:12 EDT

Actress pushes for better support for child abuse victims in Newfoundland

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland-born actress Shannon Tweed wants to see improved support services for abused children in the province.

Tweed and child advocate Andy Bhatti spoke on the issue before St. John's, N.L., city council on Monday.

Tweed talked about the work done by a children's centre in British Columbia called Sophie's Place, named after her daughter.

She says the centre extends counselling to children and allows them to talk about their abuse in a friendly environment, without having to deal with police or the court system.

Tweed says the centre would be a good model for St. John's to consider.

Bhatti recently concluded a cross-province cycling tour to raise awareness about the need for increased resources for sexual abuse survivors. (VOCM)

The Canadian Press