Background The Canadian Observatory on the Justice System’s Response to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is an international network of academics, governments, and community-based organisation providing enhanced understanding of how justice responses to IPV operate. Since 2007 the Canadian Observatory conducted policy reviews; engaged governments in dialogue to share data collection strategies and facilitate research collaborations; and developed mechanisms to mobilise knowledge. In 2012, the Canadian Observatory initiated a reflection on police intervention in IPV situations that led to create a national dialogue on police practices and to provide evidence-based research on police response to IPV. In this perspective a national think tank was held in June 2014 with 35 ranking police from across Canada to discuss best practices implemented in different Canadian communities in regards to intimate partner violence. The event led to the creation of a working group of experts that is developing a national framework on police proaction and intervention to D/IPV.
Description In June 2015, the group of experts comprised of researchers, communities and police agencies met to determine the different steps for the development of a national framework. The creation of a national framework will provide: A foundation for consistent language, standards and policy for Canadian Police Agencies, to guide police proaction and intervention on D/IPV; Resources for collaborative education, prevention, intervention, and supports for victims, abusers and communities; The creation of visual and narrative reference model on proactive D/IPV response to be used by all Canadian police. The group of experts is to complete their work by the end of March 2016.
Results The development of a national framework encompasses a dialogue with police forces, communities and academics, including working sessions with the group of experts, consultations with community stakeholders, police forces and other professionals involved in the area of D/IPV intervention. In this presentation, we will discuss the process that led to the development of a national framework on Proactive Community-Policing Responses to D/IPV in Canada and how such process led to a supported dialogue among police agencies on the issue.
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