A new resource for abused children is being established in downtown Winnipeg.

The Manitoba government announced on Wednesday that it's opening a child advocacy centre to help children who are victims of serious abuse.

The new centre will provide victims with access to programs and professionals to help minimize the trauma involved with the justice and child protection systems.

The centre will be staffed by police, child protection workers and victim services workers.

Its programming will be based on a model used across North America that has contributed to higher conviction rates and stiffer sentences for abusers.

The province is providing $339,000 in annual funding to support the new centre, which will be a non-profit community organization, according to officials.