The Surrey RCMP's Domestic Violence Unit is dedicated to reducing incidents of domestic violence and repeat victimization to victims and family members. In addition to investigating domestic violence incidents and monitoring offenders, officers work alongside victim services workers to offer services to victims and families such as: referrals, safety planning, and guidance through the court process.
Signs of abuse can vary greatly, from emotional to physical and sexual violence. Some signs of abuse can include when a partner:
- Criticizes you or puts you down.
- Tries to keep you away from family and friends.
- Limits your access to finances, phone or car.
- Blames you for their abusive behaviour.
- Physically harms you or threatens to hurt you.
- Forces you to have sex.
If you or someone you know has been impacted by domestic violence there is help available.
Who to call
In an emergency situation, dial 9-1-1. The first priority is to get you to safety.
We strongly encourage you to contact police, but if you choose not to, there are other options. The following services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:
- Surrey Women’s Centre - Crisis response team over the phone or in-person. Call 604-583-1295.
- VictimLink BC - Toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service. Call 1-800-563-0808.
- Fraser Health Crisis Line - Immediate, confidential emotional support to people of all ages. Call 604-951-8855 or 1-877-820-7444.
- Options Community Services - Offers confidential, safe, temporary shelter and support through their Transition Houses:
- Ama House 604-542-5992 (accommodates senior women)
- Atira Transition House 604-531-4430
- Durrant Transition House 604-531-9151 (accepts drug and alcohol issues)
- Evergreen Transition House 604-584-3301
- Sheena’s Place Shelter 604-581-1538 (accepts drug and alcohol issues)
- Shimai Transition House 604-581-9100 (accepts drug and alcohol issues)
- Virginia Sam Transition House 604-572-5116
Police and Victim Services can help you develop a comprehensive safety plan to help reduce or eliminate the risks for you and your children. Safety plans can include:
- Letting someone you trust know about the abuse;
- Creating a code word with friends or family that lets them know to call for help when leaving is not an option;
- Having one safe location to keep your identification, important documents (passport, Social Insurance Number), bank cards, credit cards, keys and cell phone that you can grab quickly in an emergency;
- Having a physical plan to get out of your house in an emergency and to a safe place, once you have left the abusive situation; and
- Practicing your safety plan with your children to keep them safe as well.
- Making sure that the school, day care, and police have a copy of all court orders, including restraining orders, custody and access orders, as well as a picture of the abusive partner once you have left the abuser.
Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse
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