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Documenting Women’s Experiences with the Toronto Police Services in Domestic Violence Situations

The Documenting Women’s Experiences with the Toronto Police Services project emerged from discussions in the Violence Against Women (VAW) community in Toronto about the importance of being able to track both exceptionally good police responses to domestic violence incidents in the community as well as problematic responses.

This report contains the results of the baseline study of general police response to domestic violence incidents across the Toronto area. The report finds that the most common reason for women not wanting to call the police in Toronto is fear of retaliation by the abuser, family or the community. Other reasons included the fear of not being believed, fear of immigration authorities and language barriers.

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