Halton police lay charges in domestic violence incident with children present
Halton Regional Police Service say they have laid charges after a recent domestic violence incident.
officers were dispatched to a residence after receiving a call from a concerned party “who could hear yelling and what sounded like items being broken inside a nearby residence”.
When police arrived at the scene, they say they could hear yelling between an adult male and a female who were previously involved in a common-law relationship. Also present at the scene was another female, as well as young children.
Officers say they immediately noted visible injuries to one of the victims and observed damage to the residence.
The accused male was arrested and released on a promise to appear. He’s facing two counts of assault (one on each female present at the residence) and mischief under $5,000.
The victim was referred to the Halton Regional Police Service Domestic Violence Victim Coordinator within the Halton police Victim Services Unit, which acts as a connector to appropriate support services in the community, assists with safety planning and victim care, and through the Victim Quick Response Program+ (VQRP+), can provide immediate short-term financial support toward essential expenses for victims of violent crime.
Halton Regional Police announced that effective immediately, it will now periodically released details of intimate partner violence in the region.
They added that while no names or residence information will be provided, Halton police will disclose the nature of the incident and what charges were laid as a result of an investigation.
"Last year, our officers responded to more than 3,300 intimate partner domestic violence calls. We also know that intimate partner violence is overwhelmingly under-reported," said HRP. "In fact, Statistics Canada estimates that more than 80 per cent of these incidents go unreported."
Victims of intimate partner violence or sexual assault and witnesses are encouraged to contact the Halton Regional Police Service.
The following is a list of valuable support services and resources in Halton Region for victims of intimate partner violence and/or sexual violence:
- Halton Regional Police Service Victim Services Unit 905-825-4777
- Halton Women’s Place 905-878-8555 (north) or 905-332-7892 (24-hour crisis line)
- Nina’s Place Sexual Assault and Domestic Assault Care Centre 905-336-4116 or 905-681-4880
- Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS) 905-875-1555 (24-hour crisis line)
- Radius Child & Youth Services 905-825-3242 (Oakville) or 1-855-744-9001
- Kid’s Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 (24-hour crisis line)
- THRIVE Counselling 905-845-3811 or 905-637-5256
- Halton Region Housing 905-825-6000 or 311 or 1-866-442-5866
- Legal Aid Ontario 1-800-668-8258 (toll free)
- Family Law Information Centre (FLIC) 905-878-7281 ext. 3447
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