December 16, 2009

BC needs to do more to reduce domestic violence. That's the theme emerging from a long-running Coroner's Inquest into a murder-suicide that claimed five lives in Oak Bay back in 2007.

"This is a big step forward. My concern is, it's not big enough." That's Victoria Police Inspector Clark Russell talking about his department's new but very small Domestic Violence Unit.

Russell says the Province as a whole needs a similar operation and needs to make domestic violence a priority.

A good example to follow might be a pilot project in Langley that has now wrapped up.

Crown Counsel Jocelyn Coupal testified the effort saw police and Crown Counsel cooperate more and do much more outreach to victims; over six months, guilty pleas were up nearly 30 per-cent over average and victim recantations had plummeted.