The RCMP says it’s seeing a decrease in domestic violence calls in Campbell River.
In August, police responded to 38 reports of domestic violence, 13 fewer than last August
Cst. Maury Tyre says while an overall decrease in numbers is positive, there’s still more work that needs to be done.
“Of the 38 files reported this August, 21 of the files are not specifically assaults, they are people who have not been able to deal with disagreements in socially acceptable ways,” Tyre says.
“Many of these events are screaming and yelling matches or threats which are called in early to the police and the events are able to be de-escalated and a violent offence is able to be prevented.”
Tyre says, “unfortunately, people often feel the need to air their disagreements and concerns when they are at the height of their emotional frustration.”
He says this is “very risky.”
Tyre urges “arguing parties” to walk away from the moment and come back to the problem, calm and willing to have a civil conversation.
“Never engage in serious disagreement discussions that require logical thought when you are intoxicated. It’s far too often, something minor can turn into something major with the introduction of liquor or drugs.”
If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence, reach out to the Campbell River RCMP at (250) 286-6221 or in an emergency call 911.