Special Report

Domestic violence issues in Ottawa looked at in 3-part series

In November, the CBC's Judy Trinh looked into domestic violence issues in Ottawa, from police investigations of domestic abuse to treatment programs for offenders. These are the stories that appeared in her three-part series.

In November, the CBC's Judy Trinh looked into domestic violence issues in Ottawa, from police investigations of domestic abuse to treatment programs for offenders.

These are the stories that appeared in her three-part series.


Part 1: Monday, Nov. 24

Acting Supt. Joan McKenna says the commissioned research will help "identify gaps in our service." (CBC News)
Ottawa police have commissioned a researcher at the University of Ottawa to find out what the force is doing right during domestic and sexual assault investigations and what it could be doing better.

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To listen to an Ottawa Morning interview with Acting Supt. Joan McKenna on the issue, click the Soundcloud below.

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Staff Sgt. Isobel Granger says the partner assault unit's resources are stretched thin, and that they can only lay charges when they have enough evidence to do so. (CBC)

Part 2: Tuesday, Nov. 25

Some women say Ottawa police aren't enforcing the policy of pursuing criminal charges when there are reasonable grounds to do so, and that it's putting women at risk.

Staff Sgt. Isobel Granger, who runs the partner assault unit, says her unit must have enough evidence to pursue charges.

She also says her unit's investigators are overworked.

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Paul Arguin says treatment has helped him accept responsibility for the domestic abuse he subjected his former partner to. (CBC)

Part 3: Wednesday, Nov. 26

A man who admits to emotionally and physically abusing his former partner says treatment has helped him accept responsibility for and own up to what he did.

Paul Arguin was arrested and the court ordered him to undergo treatment at New Directions, a group counselling program for domestic abusers.

It changed his way of thinking, Arguin said.

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