Regina Police is working to improve their response to domestic violence.
At a news conference Wednesday morning, police also referred to addressing domestic conflict, another stage in domestic violence.
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Chief Evan Bray says domestic conflict takes a number of forms and could eventually lead to violence.
“Arguments, stalking, even mischiefs happening to homes and properties can be indicators of domestic violence.”
Bray says R.P.S is introducing new steps to address the issue, including having private spaces within the station for victims to speak, closer collaboration with local organizations and a revamped website offering advice, contacts and additional information regarding domestic violence and conflict.
Since 2014, the Regina Police Service has responded to an increasing number of police-reported cases of Domestic Conflict.
In 2012, police responded to about 14 such incidents a day. From 2015 into the first quarter of 2017, that rate has increased to about 17 Domestic Conflict responses a day.
As a result of research and consultation, improvements announced include:
- An updated Domestic Conflict policy;
- Annual Domestic Conflict training (delivery – Jan. to May 2018) for front line uniformed members, and Communication Centre staff. (Interim, roll-call training was delivered in October to front-line staff to bridge the months from now until January, 2018.);
- Recognition that the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Calls to Action encourage improvement in the areas of cultural competency training and anti-racism training. Although such training occurs now, it can be enhanced.
- The TRC Calls to Action also identify the need for Aboriginal-specific victim-support programs with appropriate evaluation mechanisms. The Regina Police Service has two Aboriginal Resource Officers in the Victim Service Unit;
- Improved supervisory oversight and enhanced officer coaching and mentoring;
- More accommodating environments for victims to report Domestic Conflict;
- Connecting victims with community-based supports sooner;
- Creation of new web-based resources;
- Internal communications from the Chief, Executive and Senior Management to all Regina Police Service Employees about the changes in policy, training and resources available.