A message from the North Grenville Police Services Board
While there has not been an increase in calls to the local Grenville OPP related to abuse and assault to date, during the COVID-19 pandemic, some police services as well as the Leeds and Grenville Victim Services have reported an increase in calls particularly related to that of domestic violence.
Domestic violence involves the use of physical, psychological or sexual force in an intimate relationship.
Rates of violence were high in Canada prior to the pandemic, and now women and girls may face a heightened risk of partner-related violence and abuse while isolated at home.
Domestic violence is a serious crime. Police have a responsibility to assist with preventing violence. Every person has the right to safety and a life free from violence.
It may be difficult for women in abusive relationships to reach out for help, and the pandemic has made it harder. While most community supports continue to operate during COVID-19, social isolation creates new barriers to access services for those experiencing abuse or violence.
“Residents who may be facing violence in the home are not alone. Help is available for you,” said Don Sherritt, Chair of the North Grenville Police Services Board.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.
The Municipality of North Grenville recently announced annual funding to Victim Services of Leeds & Grenville for enhanced local community support.
- Victim Services of Leeds & Grenville: 1-800-939-7682,
- Assaulted Women’s Helpline:
1-866-863-0511 Text #SAFE (#7233), www.awhl.org;
- Leeds & Grenville Interval House:
- Assault Response & Care Centre: 1-800-567-7415, www.arc-c.ca;
- Children’s Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville: 1-800-809-2494 www.cmhlg.ca;
- Legal Aid Ontario: