A memorial honouring those who have suffered violence at the hand of an intimate partner has been unveiled at Halton Police Headquarters in Oakville.
The Intimate Partner Violence Memorial came about through a joint effort by the Halton Regional Police Service, the Halton Police Board and Halton Women’s Place. It will serve as a reminder of all who have suffered or have been killed and to increase the awareness of the impacts of intimate partner violence.
“This memorial is a public commitment to the memory of those who have lost their lives to intimate partner violence, to honour those who have survived it, and to help those who are facing it now,” said Diane Beaulieu, Past Executive Director, Halton Women’s Place. “We must work together to end intimate partner violence, because a life without violence is the only life to live.”
The memorial is inscribed with the following:
We honour and mourn all those whose lives have been tragically taken as a result of Intimate Partner Violence.
We stand in solidarity with those who still experience abuse in their homes, and we work diligently to create meaningful change to end violence.
We acknowledge the men who pledge not to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
We support a society that educates children and youth about their inherent right to live a life free of violence and fear.
A collaboration between the Halton Regional Police Service, the Halton Regional Police Services Board and Halton Women’s Place.
“Because A Life Without Violence Is The Only Life To Live”
Halton police say they respond on average to more than nine intimate or domestic violence cases each day, but many more incidents go unreported.
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In 2019, the police responded to 3,326 intimate partner violence calls, resulting in 781 arrests and 1468 charges. To date, in 2020, the HRPS has responded to 3,003 calls, resulting in 736 arrests and 1,623 arrests.
Experts say the fallout of COVID-19 has led to more stress and hardship which has put a strain on some relationships and that the community must show support to those who are victims by looking in and keeping in contact with those who are vulnerable to abuse.
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)
• Halton Children’s Aid Society 905-333-4441 or 1-866-607-5437
• 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)