29 Domestic Violence Protocol

Domestic Violence Protocol

If domestic violence is determined by police officers, they contact the Domestic Violence Investigative Unit (DVIU), or the equivalent in a region. DVIU is made up of a specially trained group of investigators with experience in dealing with domestic violence matters. The DVIU officers will assess the risk for the individual and establish a safety plan in case of further complications. The officers will further involve any organizations that will be able to assist the individual.


There is a purple domestic violence ribbon which is a direct symbol for domestic violence

Some of these services include:

  • Social Worker – to assist an individual with supportive counselling, psychotherapy, safety planning, shelter, and referrals for other services;
  • Children’s Aid Society (CAS) – if children are impacted by the situation, the CAS will be notified and will assist in the matter. This can include extraction, relocation, counselling, or medical assistance;
  • Sexual Assault Services – sexual assault services, such as Chantel’s Place, provide victims with assessment, counselling, and treatment; and
  • Victim/Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) – VWAP provides information, assistance, and support to the victim or the witness of a violent crime in the understanding of court processes. This can include crisis intervention, case specific strategy, and court preparation.

For more information on the 9-1-1 protocol or services, visit the appropriate website or contact the non-emergency call centre for the desired region.

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