Intimate Partner Violence

Are you or someone you know a victim of intimate partner violence (IPV)?

Intimate partner violence can be defined as any physical or sexual force, actual or threatened, in an intimate relationship. It may include a single act of violence, or a number of acts forming a pattern of abuse through the use of abusive and controlling behavior.

An intimate relationship is defined as a relationship between opposite-sex or same-sex partner. These relationships vary in duration and legal formality, and include; current and former dating relationships, current and former common-law relationships, current and former married relationships, and persons who are the parents of one or more children, regardless of their marital status or whether they have lived together at any time.

Intimate partner violence cuts across every line of geography, income and social status. Abuse is found in every community in our province and thousands of incidents of intimate partner violence occur every year. People who have been victimized by violence are a Royal Newfoundland Constabulary’s Priority. Police Chief Joe Boland believes that the RNC must continue to work closely with community partners to ensure that victims of intimate partner violence and their children get the help and support they need to leave abusive relationships and rebuild their lives.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary’s Intimate Partner Violence Unit (IPVU) is a team dedicated to assist and support victims of intimate partner violence and provide training and assistance to front line officers to ensure continued support to those victims.

For emergency situations please call 911, and for non-emergency assistance please call 709-729-8000. For general advice, contact IPVU at or call 709-729-8093 (Please Note: This number is not monitored 24/7)

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