Intimate Partner Violence Unit highlights support for victims during “Prevention of Violence Against Women Week”


2024-04-16 07:22 PDT

During the observance of Prevention of Violence Against Women Week in the Province of B.C. from April 14-20, 2024, Richmond RCMP’s Intimate Partner Violence Unit (IPVU) spotlights its comprehensive victim support services, a core part of its mandate.

Intimate partner violence affects people from all demographics; however the large majority of victims are women, according to Statistics Canada.

Richmond RCMP IPVU takes a proactive stance in providing robust support to victims of intimate partner violence. In collaboration with the Richmond Inter-Agency Case Assessment Team (RICAT), the IPVU ensures that those impacted by intimate partner violence have immediate access to a spectrum of community resources. By conducting thorough risk assessments and coordinating individualized safety plans, the IPVU’s efforts are central to creating a safe and supportive environment for recovery and empowerment.

Corporal Sonny Virk from the Richmond RCMP IPVU says, Our commitment to victims extends beyond enforcement; it’s about creating a culture of support, so that they feel empowered to come forward. This week represents an important moment to highlight the collective goal of ending gender-based violence, as well as an opportunity to remind the community that we are here to provide a pathway to safety for those in need.

Richmond RCMP IPVU’s community-centric approach is especially poignant this week, aiming to amplify awareness and facilitate easy access to IPVU’s direct support and network of services for victims.

To learn more, visit our website.

If you have concerns for your own safety or the safety of a loved one, we ask that you contact 9-1-1. 

About Richmond RCMP Intimate Partner Violence Unit (IPVU):

Richmond RCMP IPVU’s approach to intimate partner violence encompasses enforcement, preventative education, and victim advocacy. With a mission that covers all of Richmond, IPVU is dedicated to delivering a responsive, empathetic, and effective response for those confronting intimate partner violence.

Additional Resources:

VictimLink BC is a toll-free, confidential and multilingual services available across B.C. and the Yukon. VictimLinkBC provides immediate crisis support, information and referral services to all victims of crime.

Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Contact: 1-800-563-0808

Website: VictimLinkBC - Province of British Columbia (


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Office: 604-207-5189
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