SOC 2700 Lecture Notes - Department Of Justice And Correctional Services

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Published on 15 Apr 2013
University of Guelph
SOC 2700
February 26th, 2013
Guest Lecture Det. Cst. Don Conibear, Guelph Police
Domestic Violence is a complex, potentially lethal, problem without a simple solution.
- Seemingly similar behaviour may have very different motivations
“The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence
of police action in dealing with it.” – Sir Robert Peel
In the City of Guelph
- 1942 incidents of domestic & family violence (2010)
- In 2011, D.V.H.R. Coordinator Position created
- Identify incidents of DV that are most likely to result in death/serious
bodily harm
- Partner with victim
Criminal Justice Partners:
- Crown Attorney’s Office
- Other Police services
- Parole & Probation (youth/adult)
- Correctional Services (Federal/Provincial)
- Canada Border Services
- Victim Witness
What is Domestic Violence?
“Any use of physical or sexual force, actual or threatened, in intimate relationships,
including emotional/psychological abuse or harassing behaviour.”
- Includes opposite & same-sex
- Statistically, men abuse women more often
Typical Offender:
“Knight in shining armor” – boiled frog analogy. Make the water comfortable to start, then
turn up the water. Boiled alive.
Ontario Domestic Violence Death Review Committee (ODVDRC)
High risk indicators: access to firearms, substance abuse, obsessiveness
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