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  Helping Take Back the Night

Oct 05, 2014 00:16 ET

In Oshawa and Bowmanville this week, Durham police officers were proud to walk with the community to raise awareness about domestic violence.

Take Back the Night is an annual event held in many communities and is supported by Bethesda House in Bowmanville and by the Durham Region Rape Crisis Centre and the YWCA Durham in Oshawa.

Each year, Durham officers attend over 5,000 domestic-related calls. It works out to be about 13 every day. Last year, we made approximately 1,300 arrests in domestic incidents, with about 85 per cent of those arrested being males.

The numbers across Canada are staggering:

* Half of Canadian women have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence

* At least one woman is killed by her partner each week in Canada

* Up to 360,000 children are exposed to violence against women each year in Canada

The DRPS proudly supports these Walks and joins its community partners in calling for an end to violence against women and children.

Below are attached files.
Taking back the night (JPG file, 327.2K bytes)
D/Cst. Rice walks with the group (JPG file, 221.1K bytes)
Insp. Dmytruk and Sgt. Anderton help take back the night (JPG file, 207.9K bytes)