Domestic violence a priority for RCMP

DVU works with community partners to provide support network

The Comox Valley RCMP responded to 169 incidents of domestic violence last summer alone.

In 2008, the Comox Valley RCMP established the Domestic Violence Unit (DVU).

It was one of the first detachments on the Island to initiate a dedicated, full-time section. Its primary objective is to support front-line policing, specifically in relation to violence in relationship investigations.

Between June and September 2015, the Comox Valley RCMP detachment responded to 169 domestic violence-related calls for service. In these investigations, RCMP members adhere to strict guidelines based on divisional and national policy. Required investigation and follow-ups can be very taxing on the general duty section. As such, having a dedicated section allows for a more detailed and personal approach to a very sensitive and emotional time for the victims of domestic violence.

The DVU has developed close partnerships within the Comox Valley to ensure that the victims and families have the best support network available. Working closely with community and police-based victim services, the Comox Valley Transition Society and even Adult Probation ensures support on all levels.

Another vital role of the Domestic Violence Unit is to work as a partner within the Integrated Case Assessment Team (ICAT).  This team is activated in response to the highest risk domestic situations. ICAT comprises representatives from Adult Probation, Ministry of Children and Family Development, Transition Society, women’s shelter as well as community and police-based Victim Services.

These meetings allow for the exchange of pertinent information as well as an orchestrated response. The focus is not only on the victim but also on the children who witness violence in the home, in addition to the offender and their management.

In 2002, the Hadley Inquest Jury recommendation stated “Domestic violence is a crime that is different from other crimes in two ways:  the likelihood of repeat violence is common and at most times predictable; and the victim is known in advance”.

Domestic violence is a priority for the RCMP at all levels and will remain so for the foreseeable future. If you are a victim of domestic violence, or know someone that can use these services, contact the Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321.


Just Posted

A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Tagaq among artists featured in Indigenous music film

When They Awake coming to Stan Hagen Theatre for one night

Comox Valley’s Glacier View Lodge lights up for Christmas

Glacier View Lodge residents and families will gather on Dec. 6 for… Continue reading

CVRD moves to goal-setting stage for sewer service plan

Workshops planned for next week in Comox and Courtenay

Comox Valley Santa’s Workshop in need of bicycles for youngsters, gifts for teens

Santa’s Workshop, at 464 Puntledge Road (formerly the Red Cross building), is… Continue reading

Comox connection to launch of new $10 bill

Great nephew of Viola Desmond says bill is a ‘step in the right direction’

VIDEO: B.C. legislature clerk, sergeant at arms suspended for criminal investigation

Clerk of the House Craig James, Sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz on administrative leave

Mid Island Farmers Institute discusses fleece at November meeting

Are you a lover of wool and local fibre? Interested in raising… Continue reading

Comox Valley Nature invites the public to learn about nature photography

Comox Valley Nature is hosting a public lecture on photography. Join Terry… Continue reading

Trial: Witness describes encounter with accused murderer while tending to fatally injured Descoteau

Wright said he was working in his yard when he heard a woman screaming.

Former NHL player and coach Dan Maloney dies at 68

Maloney coached the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets

Ex-MSU president charged with lying to police about Nassar

Lou Anna Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to police during an investigation

Police looking into two more incidents at private Toronto all-boys’ school

Police and the school have said two of the prior incidents involved an alleged sexual assault

Police aim to prevent retaliation after Hells Angel found dead under B.C. bridge

IHIT confirms Chad Wilson, 43, was the victim of a ‘targeted’ homicide

Otter makes a snack out of koi fish in Vancouver Chinese garden

Staff say the otter has eaten at least five fish

Most Read