Police officers in Nova Scotia are receiving enhanced domestic violence training so they can respond more effectively to incidents of intimate partner violence and abuse.
“Intimate partner violence is an issue that has touched far too many lives,” said Justice Minister Mark Furey. “It is important we provide police officers with the training they need to deal professionally and effectively with victims and the children, who are often in the house when incidents of abuse occur.”
The new training program is being given to all front-line officers across the province, including RCMP, municipal and military police. Over the next two months, six train-the-trainer sessions are being led by representatives from the Department of Justice, RCMP, Public Prosecution Service and Medical Examiner’s office.
“Unfortunately, intimate partner violence continues to be a part of communities across Nova Scotia,” said Kentville Police Chief Julia Cecchetto, chair of the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association sub-committee on intimate partner violence. “As police agencies we must continue to provide our officers the necessary tools and training to effectively address domestic violence and facilitate the support of families affected by it.”
The program will help officers with assessing risk, investigation and arrest protocols, recognizing the signs of abuse or injuries that are not always obvious, supporting children on scene and emergency protection orders, among other topics.
While men and women report similar rates of violence, the severity, frequency, and consequences are greater for women.
For example, a woman is five times more likely to need medical attention or hospitalization.
“I am very appreciative that police services across Nova Scotia are working with us to address intimate partner violence,” said Mr. Furey.
Source : Media Release