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New team set to improve response to domestic violence in Nanaimo

November 3rd, 2014 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio

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Haven Society and key team members introduced plans for a dedicated Domestic Violence Unit (DVU) in Nanaimo at the society’s annual general meeting in September

picture 592Local community partners, working with the RCMP, will make herstory and history in early 2015 when a dedicated domestic violence unit begins working in Nanaimo. The DVU will offer an enhanced response to the highest risk cases through collaboration and community partnerships.

Nanaimo RCMP commander Mark Fisher said at Haven Society’s annual meeting in September that the detachment responds to approximately 1,000 domestic disturbances each year (a number that has remained more or less the same for three years now) — and that 300 to 350 of those disturbances each year involved assaults. Haven Society executive director Anne Taylor adds that only twenty percent of overall cases of domestic violence are even reported to police (according to Statistics Canada).

A community-coordinated effort

click to viewThe new partnership will focus on leveraging expertise among participating groups, as well as training an increased number of responders. The intent is to respond to the highest risk cases (approximately ten percent of all the cases coming in). The RCMP is focused on offender management and accountability, while Haven Society will focus primarily on victim safety and support.  Haven reminds community members that there is no change to current confidentiality practices. As always, Haven does not share information without consent unless a life is at risk.

Haven reminds community members that there is no change to current confidentiality practices. As always, Haven does not share information without consent unless a life is at risk.

DSC_0371_edit_bwCommunity interest and support

Nanaimo-area politicians have offered a good level of interest and support, RCMP Supt. Fisher said, and media have been asking good questions about the problem. There has also been strong support from Crown Counsel, one of the major community partners.

Sally Fendick (right), coordinator of community victim services at Haven Society, provided a detailed overview of the underpinnings and structure of the new unit at Haven’s annual general meeting in September 2014. Supt. Mark Fisher also spoke at length about the new partnership.

pfr banner workingWe share a full overview of the Haven Society presentation in a special People First Radio broadcast.

Using the links below: left-click to listen; right-click to save.

Full program (runs 57:00)
Sally Fendick, RCMP Cst Jeanne Vestergaard, Magi Cooper
Sally Fendick, Courtney Dunae, Marilyn Woodruff, Jackie Gaudet
Nanaimo RCMP Commander Supt Mark Fisher
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First half of program (runs 19:28)
Sally Fendick, RCMP Cst Jeanne Vestergaard, Magi Cooper, Courtney Dunae, Marilyn Woodruff, Jackie Gaudet
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Second half of program (runs 25:11)
Nanaimo RCMP Commander Supt Mark Fisher
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MORE INFORMATION | Haven Society website | Canadian Women’s Foundation: The facts about violence against women | Statistics Canada: Intimate partner violence | For more information about Haven Society call (250) 756-2452 | 24 HOUR CRISIS LINE TOLL FREE : 1(888) 756-0616 | haven@havensociety.com

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Image: (top left) Nanaimo RCMP Detachment Commander Supt. Mark Fisher, RCMP Domestic Violence Investigator Cst. Jeanne Vestergaard, and Haven Society Community Victim Services Worker Courtney Dunae were among the speakers at Haven’s annual general meeting; (middle left) infographic from canadianwomen.org; (bottom right) Sally Fendick is Program Coordinator of Community Victim Services for Haven Society.
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