Calgary’s police chief believes that the number of domestic violence calls will increase this year compared to last.
Roger Chaffin says, given the current pace, police will likely respond to about 22,000 calls by the end of the year.
That’s 3,000 more than last year and 40% above the 5 year average.
He says that’s why the Domestic Conflict Team is so valuable, which is a partnership between Homefront and police and involves Child and Family Services and other community groups.
They intervene in cases where charges are not laid and try to prevent violence from occurring in the future.
In their three years of city wide operation, 80% of families involved in the program experience no further domestic intervention.