Domestic violence affects women, men children, wives, husbands, fathers, mothers, parents, grandparents, friends, and families. Its impacts can be felt across generations and throughout our entire community. That’s why our dedicated Domestic Violence Unit wanted this web page created: to try to start the conversation about domestic violence. As Det. Sgt Kerrilee Jones says, “domestic violence isn’t just a police problem, it’s an everyone problem.”
Although every officer receives specific training in domestic violence, VicPD has taken it one step further and added a Domestic Violence Officer to every patrol shift. These officers are not only part of the initial response, but are very proactive in reaching out to victims, ensuring safety planning, and referring resources in the community. Our dedicated Domestic Violence Unit is part of our Investigative Services Division in the Behavioral Assessment Management Unit, and they manage all of our Intimate Partner Violence investigations that are reported to our department. Kerrilee and her partner, Det. Cst Lisa Forcier, work extensively with Victims Services, transition houses, and a number of our community partners to ensure victims, children, and offenders receive the support they need.
All local police agencies participate in the Integrated Regional Domestic Violence Unit, which works on files that often cross regional boundaries and deal with our highest risk investigations. Regardless of which team our officers work with , know that they are focused on one main goal – stopping the violence.