RNC Focused On Curbing Rise In Domestic Violence

The RNC [Royal Newfoundland Constabulary] has re-affirmed its dedication to combat domestic violence across the province though their Intimate Partner Violence Unit. VOCM's Conor McCann has more.

July 29, 2016 | 5:57 amLast Updated:July 29, 2016 | 8:48 am
The RNC's Intimate Partner Violence Unit (IPVU) is a team dedicated to assisting and supporting the victims of domestic violence, as well as providing training to front-line officers to ensure a continued level of support across the province.
In 2013 the RNC created the position of Domestic Violence Coordinator, and 140 officers were trained in properly reporting and handling situations of domestic violence.
Since then, the RNC has continued its efforts to combat the persistent issue of domestic violence in the province. Newfoundland and Labrador has previously seen an increase in the rate of domestic violence against women, even when the national rate had gone down in the same time-frame.
During 2005-2006 alone there were 1,125 admissions of women and children into shelters across the province, with continually busy shelters into the first half of this year.
The RNC's IPVU remains committed to combating domestic violence across the province, and encourages those in need of assistance to contact them at DVU@rnc.gov.nl.ca, or call (709) 729-8000.