Red Deer RCMP are raising awareness of Family Violence Prevention Month. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Red Deer RCMP are raising awareness of Family Violence Prevention Month. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Red Deer RCMP raise awareness of Family Violence Prevention Month

The Red Deer RCMP is recognizing Family Violence Prevention Month.

The detachment has a dedicated domestic violence response unit, which includes four RCMP members and a social worker, that specializes in providing traumua-informed service.

The unit tends to focus on complex and high-risk cases.

“We have the extra training, knowledge and experience that allows us to provide our clients with the support they need,” says Const. Arminder Augstman, acting supervisor of the unit.

“Victims are often very fearful of speaking out against their abusers, so it takes a great deal of trust before our clients feel comfortable enough to officially report the violence they’re experiencing.”

A recent investigation by the unit played out over 34 months for one offender.

Red Deer RCMP is reminding the community that family violence comes in many forms, including mental, physical, sexual and emotional abuse by one partner toward his or her partner, their children, or the elderly and disabled.

Abusers may try to intimidate or control their victims by destroying personal property, withdrawing access to children or pets, or keeping victims from contact with friends or family.

The RCMP encourages anyone who may find themselves in a situation like this to call the non-emergency line at 403-343-5575.

Red Deer RCMP encouraged Red Deerians on Thursday to wear purple or light their homes in purple, to show support in the quest to make positive strides toward ending domestic violence.