Vancouver Police want domestic violence court

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

The Vancouver Police Department says more can be done to combat domestic violence.
In a sit down interview following a presentation to the Vancouver Police Board, Inspector Cita Airth says right now three domestic violence prosecutors handle hundreds of cases.
A domestic violence court with up to nine specialized crown counsel would be ideal.

“We find that we have a higher rate of success when crown understands the cases and the complexity of the cases better, because they have a better idea of the window of opportunity they have to get the victim to court.”

The unit reviews 4500 cases a year, and takes on the highest risk.

Meanwhile, Sgt. Benedikte Wilkinson says it’s preparing for an increase in elder abuse, as the population ages.

“So we have the big baby boomer population, so there’s a possibility you are going to see a lot more of the abuse, because of the size of the demographics.”

Wilkinson says more resources may be required to combat the increase.
However Vancouver has a very low domestic violence homicide rate compared to other cities, at one a year.

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