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  DRIVEN Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

May 08, 2012 10:41 ET

The Durham Regional Police Service is proud to celebrate the third anniversary of DRIVEN - a multi-agency approach providing "one stop shopping" to victims of domestic abuse.

Durham Region's Intimate-relationship Violence Empowerment Network (DRIVEN) began several years ago when the Durham Regional Police Service approached support agencies about creating a more centralized and convenient service for victims of abuse. The DRIVEN clinic was opened at the Children's Aid Society building at 1320 Airport Boulevard (at Taunton Road) in Oshawa three years ago and is open every Monday.

Since opening, 221 women have visited and about 200 families have benefited. About 55 per cent of the women who attend do so without appointment, which is often more convenient and safer for them.

Deputy Chief Scott Burns and officers from our Vulnerable Persons Unit joined representatives from the Children's Aid Society, Denise House, Durham College, Victim Services of Durham Region and other community partners for a social gathering on May 4th to mark the third anniversary. A special anniversary cake was made for the occasion and organizers, volunteers and supporters mixed and mingled.

For more information about DRIVEN, please contact Ramela at or call (905) 432-7233.

The partner agencies are:

Bethesda House Shelter and Outreach Support Services

Catholic Family Services of Durham

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Care Centre (Lakeridge Health)

Durham Children’s Aid Society

Durham College/UOIT or

Durham Regional Police Service

Family Services Durham

Luke’s Place

Ontario Works

Pinewood Centre

Victim Services of Durham Region

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Deputy Chief Burns Attended the Celebration (JPG file, 145.0K bytes)