Members of DRPS joined The Violence Prevention Co-ordinating Council (VPCC) in celebrating the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
The VPCC chose this important day to launch its new brochure titled “It’s not just about her,” which indicates that violence against women knows no limits or boundaries. It also outlines public services in Durham Region that are available for women involved in domestic violence situations.
VPCC spokesperson and Manager of the province’s Victim/Witness Assistance Program, Judy Kyle, says we have seen leaps and bounds in progress in this area over the years, but more needs to be done.
Deputy Crown Attorney Greg O’Driscoll notes that “tremendous strides have been made (in eradicating violence against women) and working relationships have never been better in Durham Region. We all have to continue to strive to get better.”
DRPS Deputy Chief Scott Burns thanked the many community partners in Durham working to eliminate violence against women. “It is a global issue that needs a committed local response,” he says. “This brochure will raise awareness and create dialogue among agencies and in the community. Continuous collaboration will help stop the cycle of violence.”
DRPS is proud of the partnerships formed with community agencies and will continue working to eliminate this problem through participation in Durham Region’s Intimate Violence Empowerment Network (DRIVEN), the High-Risk Assessment Review Team (HART), the Domestic Assault Review Team (DART) and the Domestic Violence Bail Safety Program.
The VPCC of Durham was established in 1983 when a growing recognition of family violence spurred a community response. The goals of the volunteer network focus on the prevention, detection, treatment and prosecution of all forms of abuse against children and adults. For more information on VPCC, please click here.
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VCPP Members with Deputy Chief Scott Burns (JPG file, 95.8K bytes)