PG ‘s New Domestic Violence Unit Is Now in Place

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
PG 's  New Domestic Violence  Unit  Is Now in Place

Prince George is now the ninth jurisdiction in BC to have a Domestic Violence Unit, made up of representatives from the local RCMP, the Elizabeth Fry Society and the Ministry of Children and family Development. The Unit will be housed in the RCMP Detachment downtown.
“The addition of this new and innovative team will provide victims and families better care, safety, and wrap around support for domestic violence” say Spt. Warren Brown, Officer in Charge of the Prince George RCMP.  “This will include safety planning, accountability of those before the courts, and a more effective means of support to ensure victims of domestic violence don’t have to live in fear.”
In Prince George, the RCMP have dealt with an average of 341 domestic violence in the past five years, 21% in which were perpetuated by offenders with existing violence criminal histories. It is those individuals, the highest risk cases, that the DVU will deal with.
“Breaking the cycle of family violence for both victims and perpetrators requires expertise from many disciplines  and this is especially true in the highest-risk cases, where fear, concerns about money and housing, and other factors can undermine a victim’s will and ability to break free” says BC’s Top Cop, Solicitor General Mike Morris, who says domestic violence was once an issue in his own personal life. “The DVU approach recognizes and addresses these heightened needs in the most effective and timely way possible.”
The Unit will get some start up money of $100,000 from the Province of BC’s Civil Forfeiture funds and will officially get underway on October 24th.


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