Officer says great strides made in dealing with domestic violence

Jim Day
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Groups working together much more cooperatively than in the past

Candles are lit during a memorial service held in Charlottetown for victims of violence Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.

RCMP Supt. Joanne Crampton has seen many women damaged by their partners.

On Friday, at a memorial service held in Charlottetown for victims of violence, her thoughts went out to being able to be a part of the help that comes after the hurt.

“I guess what comes to mind is some of the calls I’ve attended, some of the people I’ve managed to help and made a difference or hopefully made a difference for them,’’ she says.

“I got them the assistance they needed through the various organizations that are there to assist.’’

Crampton, a criminal operations officer for P.E.I., was one of many people representing different organizations or political office to light a candle at the service held in the Memorial Hall of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

Services were also held in Summerside, O’Leary and across Canada to mark the anniversary of the 1989 slaying of 14 women at L’École Polytechnique in Montreal.

At the Charlottetown service, a candle was lit for each of those 14 women as well as one each for the nine women murdered on P.E.I. since 1989 by men who knew them.

Candles were also lit for all missing and murdered women, for all those injured or killed as a result of violence directed at a woman, all women who have experienced rape, sexual assault, or sexual abuse and one candle for all women who live in fear of violence.

Crampton told The Guardian following the service that enhanced cooperation between organizations is the greatest improvement in addressing domestic violence that she has witnessed over her 25 years of policing.

“Years ago in different communities that I policed, I found we seemed to be working in silos,’’ she says.

“Something I find here in P.E.I. is we’ve got some great networking and relationships here and we can work together to create resolve from all different angles, not just from a policing angle or a justice angle but actually providing the assistance and the caring that these victims need.’’

Crampton believes all the needed services and resources exist in P.E.I. to allow women to emerge safely and successfully from the shadows of an abusive relationship.

“I believe we have all the tools,’’ she says.

“It’s a matter of the women being confident to believe in the system.’’

Some, though, see room for improvement in at least one area that is seen to have a direct impact on domestic violence.

People attending the service were encouraged to petition Prime Minister Stephen Harper to close a loophole that allows dealers and individuals to sell guns without verifying the validity of the buy’s licence.

“This loophole is known to have allowed violent spouses whose licence was revoked to acquire guns in the past,’’ states the post card petiton.

The petition also calls on Harper to give police a mechanism to trace guns so that prohibition orders against abusive partners can be properly enforced.

Organizations: RCMP, Confederation Centre

Geographic location: Charlottetown, P.E.I., Summerside Canada

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  • Where Togo
    December 09, 2013 - 06:47

    Women report domestic violence at a rate of 8% in Canada. Men report at 7%. If you are a male with Children you have only institutions to go to leaving the children behind with the abuser. While you are being placed in to a police car your neighbours will make the assumption you are the one who abuses. The picture being painted here is only men abuse. The support networks set up are there to support women. If men are such a problem ladies how about you take some of the 316 million spent to support you and throw a couple of scheckles the men's way because zero dollars were spent except on prisons and jail terms.

  • Marilyn Dawdy
    December 08, 2013 - 08:58

    Thank you Ms. Crampton this is Great cause you are working for. Keep up the good work

  • pei
    December 07, 2013 - 20:00

    It is not only women who suffer domestic violence. Men are victims as well.

    • don
      December 07, 2013 - 21:18

      agree fully but you notice men are not talked about so i guess we are second class people.

    • just saying
      December 08, 2013 - 03:03

      Don, attitudes like yours are of absolutely no help. It's safe to say that these people support ending violence against *all* people.

  • Male Victim
    December 07, 2013 - 19:13

    Crampton believes all the needed services and resources exist in P.E.I. to allow women to emerge safely and successfully from the shadows of an abusive relationship. And where are the resources for male victims to emerge successfully from an abusive relationship? Where are the resources to deal with female perpetrators?

  • don
    December 07, 2013 - 16:45

    if we keep going we will be like the USA where guns are more important then food. in order to buy a gun the laws should be so tight that a mouse can not get in. think how many people in canada were killed by guns well in 2011 we had 598.