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Sudbury police share intimate partner violence resources and statistics

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Saturday marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Recently many cities in northern Ontario declared Intimate Partner Violence an epidemic.

Officers with Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS) said intimate partner violence known as IPV is a very personal crime but urge anyone experiencing it to talk to police or someone they trust.

“Bounce things off of someone at least so that you don’t feel like you are alone out there cause you really are not,”

“There are a number of community agencies that are more than willing to help out at no cost – cause I know that cost is also a huge barrier for people,” said GSPS’ IPV section coordinator Sergeant Hally Willmott.

Police said when a call involves intimate partner violence officers make a referral to Sudbury & Area Victim Services – an independent agency that offers crisis response, intervention and prevention services.

“We can offer it however it doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to accept it,” said Willmott.

But I can tell you all calls for service where intimate partner violence is alleged officers will be offering everyone involved a referral to Sudbury and Area Victim Services.”

Sudbury & Area Victim Services confirmed they work with victims to ensure they have access to the most appropriate services including helping people make safety plans.

“We work with the Ministry of Child and Community Social Services and we apply for funding for the victims through that victim quick response program,” said Tiffany Pyoli York with victim services.

“So what we would do is a needs assessment, figure out what that individual needs whether that be safety alarms whether that be a cell phone.”

Sudbury police statistics show from 2012-2022 there were 3,777 individuals charged with IPV-related offences and of those 32 per cent were involved with IPV-related recidivism – where an IPV offender again assaults the same victim.

Resources for sexual assault survivors in Canada

If you or someone you know is struggling with sexual assault or trauma, the following resources are available to support people in crisis:

If you are in immediate danger or fear for your safety, you should call 911.

A full list of sexual assault centres in Canada that offer information, advocacy and counselling can be found at ReeseCommunity.com. Resources in your community can be found by entering your postal code. 

Helplines, legal services and locations that offer sexual assault kits in Alberta, B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia can be found here.

  • National Residential School Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419
  • Hope for Wellness Helpline (for Indigenous People) 1-855-242-3310
  • 24-hour crisis line: 1-416-597-8808 
  • Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-833-900-1010 
  • Trans Lifeline: 1-877-330-6366
  • Sexual misconduct support for current or former members of the Armed Forces: 1-844-750-1648

Read about your rights as a victim here.

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