Domestic violence task force necessary

Domestic violence is real.

It is a problem across the province, across the country and across the world.

And it is a particular problem in the Cowichan Valley.

In B.C., police typically respond to one domestic violence case for every 450 people. For Duncan/North Cowichan police the ratio jumps to one for every 200.

It doesn’t take much imagination to see that translating to at least one in your neighbourhood every year.

You should be concerned. Your RCMP is concerned and they say they are doing something about it.

A domestic violence task force has been struck with the aim of showing victims of domestic violence there is a light at the end of the tunnel, that police will have zero tolerance to spousal abuse.

It includes plans for a special court dedicated to domestic violence cases so they will be dealt with promptly by judges and lawyers well-versed in the issues. It also includes support systems to ensure victims are protected.

“We have to let victims know there is a light at the end of the tunnel, if not they’ll never call again,” RCMP Insp. Linton Robinson said.

If they don’t, tragedy can and will occur. It will continue to occur if we sit still.

At least two murder convictions involving men killing their partners and at least one other case of a local man charged with killing his wife have hit local headlines in recent years.

These are headlines this community shouldn’t have to read.

This domestic violence task force is necessary. Give it the support and resources it needs to succeed.

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