The Durham Regional Police Service has pledged its full support of “One Man at a Time,” a new YWCA initiative that will encourage men to lead the fight against domestic violence.
YWCA Durham is seeking 1,000 men to take the One Man at a Time pledge: to never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women and children. As well as validating his pledge with a personal donation, Deputy Chief Scott Burns attended the launch of the initiative and expressed the full support of the DRPS. He also announced the DRPS has created a new Domestic Violence Offender Management Unit consisting of three full-time officers managing high-risk domestic offenders.
“It is my privilege to express Durham Regional Police’s collective support for this important campaign and to raise awareness that domestic violence continues to be a serious issue in our society,” said Deputy Burns. “Approximately 85 per cent of our violent arrests are from male offenders, and One Man at a Time reaffirms that this trend simply cannot be tolerated."
DRPS was joined by Canadian Auto Workers Local 222 to be the first organizations to pledge full commitment towards this new campaign. For more information on the event, or to make your pledge to One Man at a Time, please visit the YWCA Durham website.
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Deputy Chief Burns pledges support to One Man at a Time campaign alongside Hilary Schuldt from Region of Durham’s Social Services. (JPG file, 281.0K bytes)
D/C Burns talks to local media about importance of eliminating domestic violence (JPG file, 411.6K bytes)