Working Together to Prevent Domestic Violence

Jamie Heap
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Nova Scotia Chiefs and Police Boards Fall Conference Wrapped up Saturday

Lydia Quinn, the Domestic Violence Coordinator for North East Nova, spoke about such topics as the importance of identifying the signs of domestic violence Saturday during the three day Nova Scotia Chiefs and Police Boards Fall Conference that wrapped up today at the Amherst Wandlyn Inn. 

WEST AMHERST-Lydia Quinn spoke a subject matter that was both near and dear to her heart to conclude the Nova Scotia Chiefs and Police Boards Fall Conference this past Saturday morning at the Amherst Wandlyn Inn.

Quinn, an employee of the RCMP who serves as the Domestic Violence Case Coordinator for North East Nova, argued that everyone needs to work together to end domestic violence during her Neighbours, Friends and Family presentation.

“My experience (as ORDARA trainer, co-founder of Silent Witness NS-Cumberland and facilitator for Neighbours, Friends and Families community education program) has given me a wider perspective on a topic that is near and dear to my heart,” said Quinn. “The Department of Justice endorses this program.”

During Quinn’s presentation, she used some information from Ontario. “In almost every case of domestic violence, we have found that people around the victim knew what was going on, but didn’t know what to do about it,” a quote attributed to Al O’Mara, the former chief counsel of the coroner’s office of Ontario.

Similarly, from Quinn’s own experience in North Nova, she found that people knew bits and piece of what was going on in the cases of domestic violence that she came in contact with, but they weren’t able to piece the entire puzzle together.

“Ninety-nine point nine per cent (99.9%) of domestic violence cases are perpetrated by men against women,” stated Quinn. “This program (Neighbours, Friends and Families community education program) is asking men to be a part of the solution,” she added. “It is in no way blaming anyone, just acknowledgement.”

According to Quinn, a victim of domestic violence has been abused between 30 and 35 times prior to the first time that the police are called to intervene.

“Most cases of domestic violence are not reported to the police,” said Quinn.

Domestic violence involves more than just physical violence. It can also be sexual, verbal, emotional, economic, spiritual and stalking. “Sometimes the abusive partner will only use violence to maintain control through coercion,” stated Quinn.

“I have also presented the Silent Witness and today’s piece to high school students,” said Quinn. “Every time, we get between two to three disclosures.”

Professionals in the hair dressing and religious fields have also been made aware of this program. “We never encourage women to stay in an abusive relationship,” stated Quinn. “That being said, women should never leave without a safety plan,” added Quinn. “Confrontation can make the situation worse for abused women.”

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Organizations: Nova Scotia Chiefs and Police Boards, Amherst Wandlyn Inn, RCMP Silent Witness NS-Cumberland Department of Justice

Geographic location: North East Nova, Ontario

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