The Regina Police Service is reminding Regina residents of the resources available, through the police service and many community-based partners, to those who experience domestic conflict in our city. We acknowledge that the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying social distancing have created situations that may lead to increased stress and perhaps decreased safety for some Regina residents. For that reason, we felt it would be timely to remind people of the resources available to them in times of conflict or crisis.
Although it is sometimes referred to as “domestic violence”, we use the term “domestic conflict” because we believe it more aptly reflects the many ways (including those not visible) that one person in a domestic relationship may intimidate or offend against another. The Regina Police Service website, http://reginapolice.ca/domestic-conflict/ , defines domestic conflict as follows:
“Domestic Conflict (DC)” can occur between persons in different types of relationships and refers to the use of physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional force or power, threatened or actual, against persons in a number of different types of relationships including family members, cohabitants and current or former married, common-law or intimate partners, that results in harm.”
The RPS website also differentiates between domestic conflict (DC), interpersonal conflict (IC), and intimate partner violence (IPV). Everyone is encouraged to access this resource, which includes many links to community-based partners such as Family Service Regina, Mobile Crisis and Regina Sexual Assault Centre, etc. The community partners listed are operational, in spite of COVID-19. The website also provides simple practical strategies such a reminder on how to clear a browser history so victims can search for resources without risking further conflict. There are guides on the following: safety planning, warning signs of domestic conflict, reporting to police, how peace bonds work, domestic violence court, and more.
In recent weeks, since the identification of the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic, more people are required, or are choosing, to stay at home. This has led to speculation and an assumption that domestic conflict is increasing in our city. That is not necessarily the case; the issue is more complex than can be impacted through simple, sole cause and effect. The Regina Police Service continues to monitor domestic conflict in our city: gathering information, communicating with partners, and identifying any new trends that may affect community safety and service delivery.
Domestic conflict is an issue that affects all of us, directly or indirectly, and plays a role in the quality of life in our community. Members of the public are encouraged to be good observers in their own neighbourhoods. Do report to police if you are concerned for the safety of a neighbour. For individuals who are experiencing, or have recently experienced, domestic conflict, learn more about the resources available in our city. Be assured you can always call the Regina Police Service in an emergency by calling 9-1-1. Non-emergency calls can be made by calling 306-777-6500.