Developing and delivering a National Framework for Collaborative Police Action to Intimate Partner Violence in Canada

Carmen Gill, Chief Leanne Fitch


The National Framework for Collaborative Police Action to Intimate Partner Violence is a document designed to provide police services across Canada with a guide to leading practices to address intimate partner violence (IPV) and to help police leaders better inform policy development and subsequent police action. The National Framework espouses the importance of a multi-agency, multi-pronged collaborative model designed to keep individuals, families, and communities safe. The document provides a shared language and understanding of IPV that can be used among police agencies and with community partners. The National Framework is the result of collective efforts involving subject matter experts from policing, academia, and community organizations, and was rooted in research funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada made available to the Canadian Observatory on the Justice System’s Response to Intimate Partner Violence at the University of New Brunswick. In August 2016, the National Framework (NF) was officially endorsed by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.


Intimate partner violence (IPV) police proaction; contemporary community policing; trauma informed lens and response; safety planning; risk management; offender management; evidence-based; Safety and Security Web, think tank; crime prevention and reductio

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