Victoria — From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published on Tuesday, Mar. 16, 2010
The changes are in response to a multiple murder in Oak Bay that highlighted the gaps in B.C.'s domestic violence programs. By the time the training program is ready, more than three years will have elapsed since that incident.
Meanwhile, the number of domestic violence cases investigated in British Columbia jumped last year by nine per cent.
Solicitor-General Kash Heed announced yesterday he has secured $250,000 to develop the specialized training, making it his most substantive new investment in domestic violence since the Sept. 4, 2007, Peter Lee murders.
Mr. Lee killed his estranged wife, his young son and his parents-in-law before killing himself. He was on bail facing charges after allegedly trying to kill his wife over her request for a divorce.
Mr. Heed said he expects to have senior police officers, bail supervisors and at least one Crown prosecutor in every regional office around the province take a three-day course by the end of this year.
But he won't restore the province's dedicated Crown counsel for domestic violence – a position that was lost last fall during budget cuts.
“We are trying to bring this across the province,” he said yesterday. “We think this is a better way of rolling this out. We can have a true impact.”
Tracy Porteous, executive director of the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia, applauded the new training but said it ignores the need to provide a better safety net for families trying to escape domestic violence.
Ms. Porteous said funding has not kept up with increased demands for community victims' services programs. “They have completely unmanageable caseloads now,” she said.
New Democratic Party critic Leonard Krog said he doesn't expect the new training regime to protect families at risk.
“It's better than nothing,” he said. “But is it adequate in response to the problem? Absolutely not. It has, like much of what the Liberals are doing lately, the smell of public relations more than substance.”
In January, on the heels of the coroner's inquest into the Peter Lee murders, Mr. Heed pledged deliver “huge, system-wide” new measures to tackle domestic violence. Other changes, such as stricter bail rules and domestic violence courts, are still being evaluated.
Mr. Heed has ordered a death review panel under the Coroner's Service to look at what can be learned from homicides due to violence in relationships over the past 14 years. The panel met for the first time last week and has selected just 11 deaths, out of more than 150, to review. A final report is due May 14.
All of B.C.'s 8,500 police officers are already required to take a short online training course in domestic violence, and so far, about 1,700 have gone through the program. This new second tier will be more intensive, designed for case supervisors and others in the criminal justice system.
The program is still being developed but its central pillar will be a new 10-point risk assessment tool. When police respond to a domestic violence call, they'll be expected to probe the history of violence between the partners and sent a report to the officials who have taken the new training.
The 10 points have been developed through examining the common factors in most domestic homicides.
According to figures released yesterday, B.C.'s criminal justice branch saw a surge in domestic violence cases last year, to 10,918 new files in 2009 from 9,996 cases in 2008.
Mr. Heed said the increase is evidence that the province is improving its response to domestic violence complaints. “Based on some of the unfortunate incidents we've had, I can tell you police, prosecutors and bail supervisors are paying more attention.”
Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre
3/17/2010 9:24:03 AM
The police and crown will be receiving, not education but "indoctrination" in
the myths of extreme feminists, most of whom could be described as full patch
members of the Canadian Man Hater's Association where "declaring oneself a
victim of prior sexual abuse" is announced in the same way a selfish person
might gloat over a Phd from Harvard.
The reality is the Crown and the police start with manuals, procedures that criminalize men, it applies a reverse onus, an automatic assumption that because one gender by accident of birth was born with testicles that they are born abusers.
Lets get it straight. Abusers come from both genders in about equal numbers.
When the courts, the police, give absolute power to women, at least 50% will be inclined to abuse that power if given the opportunity.
Translation, 50% of men who live in relationships with women are afraid of "rocking the boat", they know she has absolute power and she gets to engage in abuse knowing he can't do anything about it and if he does, then she can just destroy him.
The crown and police wish to apply a McDonalds micky mouse conclusions to the problem that they just don't understand and probably never will.
Domestic Abuse is the problem, not violence. Would you rather suffer daily punches to the head or be yelled and screamed at for no real reason all day?
Would you rather have a punch to the head or be constantly sleep deprived?
Would you rather have double regular punches to the head and a blood nose or never seek your children again.
Its while men face those decisions, and choose to remain victims, that the real problem of domestic abuse, will only increase until such time as Parliament provides Canadians with a legal presumption of equal parenting.
The fact that they refer to it is 'domestic violence' rather than domestic abuse, shows their complete failure to even comprehend what the problem is.
The public and the feminists, have a lot to be outraged over the murder by
Everyone apparently screwed up, at almost every point, almost everyone screwed up and an extremely dangerous, and very obviously seriously mentally ill man was set loose "on conditions".
What the public does not know is that its like the little boy crying wolf, these people, become immune to the lives that can be destroyed and just keep their production line revolving wheel of process turning over.
The single biggest factor is a failure to understand the seriousness of mental health problems and how, orders will not work with someone who is mentally ill.
The courts don't wish to see or hear anything about mental illness, perhaps they think it might be contagious, more likely its politically incorrect.
Most people who are mentally ill know it, take their medication and are NOT a threat to society.
the most seriously mentally ill, pretend to all that they are OK, they spend their lives accusing others of being mentally ill, and sometimes very successfully leaving trails of destruction.
Peter Lee was a very obvious extreme danger to others and all those involved let society down.
That's not an excuse for blaming all men or invoking new procedures that harden the allready sharia style law that men face especially in corrupt family courts where most of the judiciary apply a reverse onus and regularly permanently treat men as dangers to children when its the mother who poses the real danger.