Statement of support for city council’s declaration of intimate partner violence as an epidemic

Windsor Police Service News Update
Monday, July 31, 2023

Statement of support for city council’s declaration of intimate partner violence as an epidemic

On July 10, 2023, Windsor city council voted unanimously to declare intimate partner violence (IPV) an epidemic. The Windsor Police Service supports our city council’s declaration and recognizes IPV as a serious issue impacting victims, their families, and overall public safety. 

The Windsor Police Service works in partnership with Victim Services of Windsor and Essex County to provide immediate, on-site assistance to IPV survivors through referrals to appropriate community resources. Survivors are also connected to the provincial-led Victim/Witness Assistance Program for court support and information on the criminal justice process. 

Our Victim Assistance Unit works collaboratively with various community partners to raise awareness and inform members of the public on where to obtain additional assistance and/or support. Some of our key community partners include Hiatus House, The Welcome Centre Shelter for Women, and Nisa Homes. 

“This declaration is important, as the majority (80%) of intimate partner violence incidents are not reported to Police according to Statistics Canada,” said Cheryl Eastman, Windsor Police’s Victim Assistance Coordinator. “It is our hope by publicly recognizing IPV as an epidemic that awareness is heightened, disclosure may increase, and survivors know that help is available through various community partners.” 

If someone requires assistance in an emergency situation, please call 911. For non-emergency inquiries, contact the Windsor Police non-emergency line at 519-258-6111; Hiatus House at 519-252-7781; or Victim Services of Windsor & Essex County at 519-723-2711.  
For further information:
Contact the WPS Corporate Communication Unit's Public Information Officer at (519) 255-6700 ext. 4250.

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Adam Young
Corporate Communications Unit - Public Information Officer
Windsor Police Service - Headquarters
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Office: (519) 255-6700 ext. 4444

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