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Intimate Relationship Violence

Intimate Relationship Violence is a unique crime in that the offender often lives in the same home as the victim. Historically, intimate relationship violence was considered a private family matter and police intervention often consisted of advising the abuser to “cool off” or to “take a walk.” Beginning in the 1970s, this attitude began to change and now domestic violence is recognized as a serious crime against the individual and society. The Abbotsford Police Department Officers treat domestic violence incidents as all other crimes and requests for police service; providing immediate, effective assistance and protection for victims and witnesses.