Relationship violence can occur with a family member, partner, or any time there is a power imbalance. Relationship violence can vary in frequency and severity.
Research and experience show that violence in a relationship follows a cycle. The tension builds over a period of time (days, weeks, months, or even years). Then comes the assault, which is followed by a period of peacemaking, referred to as the ‘honeymoon’ phase.
“Really, what it comes down to is that everyone deserves to be safe in their home,” says Constable Ben Whitehead of Delta Police’s Domestic Violence Unit. “A happy and safe home is the bedrock of a safe community. We want people in Delta to be aware that allegations of intimate partner violence, threats or harassment will be treated seriously and thoroughly investigated. We want those people who have suffered abuse to come forward so we can help them take back their lives, for the sake of their future and their children’s futures. They deserve better.”