Domestic / Family Violence

Policy

It is the policy of the Peel Regional Police to protect human life by vigorously investigating incidents of domestic/family violence and supporting victims through a co-ordinated community response designed to improve the quality of life.

Domestic/Family Violence

  • is any use of physical or sexual force, actual or threatened, including emotional/psychological abuse or harassing behaviour or threats to harm children, other family members or pets by a family member.

Criminal Harassment (Stalking)

  • occurs when a person repeatedly follows or watches (stalks), communicates or threatens another and where the victim reasonably fears for their safety or for the safety of anyone known to them. (For a complete definition refer to Section 264 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

What victims can do:

If you think you may be the victim of domestic/family violence, call police or one of the support groups linked to this site.

Safety plans can be accessed and printed out by clicking on the following links.

What police will do:

  • Conduct a thorough investigation
  • Advise victims that police will lay charges when reasonable grounds exist
  • Advise that neither police nor victims can withdraw charges
  • Obtain statements (Written/Videotaped)
  • Take photographs (Scene/Injuries) when appropriate
  • Gather evidence (Answering Machine Tapes/Notes/Etc)
  • Obtain services of interpreters when needed
  • Provide support for children when present
  • Provide a Safety Plan when appropriate
  • Provide information about available victim services
  • Suggest another place of safety when concerns exist
  • Remain until satisfied there is no further threat to victim
  • Complete a Risk Assessment when charges are laid in cases of intimate relationships
  • Where charges are not laid, give advice on Restraining Orders, Peace Bonds and how to contact shelters and Victim Services of Peel.