NEWS RELEASE · 5th August 2011
Terrace High Risk Domestic Violence (HRDV) Inter-agency Committee is up and running. Its mission statement: Identify high risk relationships through effective information sharing and collaboration, providing a timely response with a goal of increasing safety and reducing violence in the community. Before this committee started, the Privacy Act served as a barrier for the RCMP in that they couldn’t communicate openly with the investigations they were undertaking or sharing information they had obtained, and those same Privacy Act rules applied to B.C. service groups
This committee will focus on families where there is domestic violence that is identified as high risk and/or member agencies have had repeated contacts with the same family. Priority will be given to situations that reflect an ongoing issue of concern for member agencies. Committee goals are to increase safety for women, who are the vast majority of victims of domestic violence, and to increase reporting and safety for men who are victims of domestic violence.
What is domestic violence? The committee has defined domestic violence as: physical or sexual assault, or the threat of physical or sexual assault, toward a person with whom there is, has been, or was perceived by one party to be, an ongoing or intimate relationship. Other behaviour, such as stalking, intimidation, sexual abuse, neglect, deprivation, kidnapping, mental or emotional abuse or threats towards children, loved ones or property must be recognized as part of the continuum of domestic violence. The term “domestic violence” encompasses common law and dating relationships. In addition to addressing violence in heterosexual relationships, this definition encompasses violence in same sex relationships.
What is high risk? The committee has defined high risk as: A domestic violence case when there is concern for serious bodily harm or death to either partner or other parties.
The committee is comprised of several key agencies in Terrace that respond to domestic violence: RCMP, Community Corrections, Ksan House Society, Ministry of Children and Families Department, and RCMP Victim Services. Other key agencies will be kept informed. Where appropriate, other agencies will be invited to participate on a case specific basis.
Geographically, the focus will be on families in the Terrace RCMP Detachment service area (includes the outlying communities of Thornhill, Gitaus, Usk, Cedarvale, Lakelse, Rosswood and Kitsumkalum).
The committee was initiated by the Terrace RCMP in the spring of 2010. Its first case was identified July 2011 for assessment.