The Sûreté du Québec joins forces with an organization to support violent men

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The Richelieu-Saint Laurent police want to support violent men in learning better behavior and is partnering with Entraide pour hommes (EPH) to work in this direction.

A psychosocial worker specializing in domestic violence has been sworn in by the police and can therefore “consult all event reports”, said the director general of the EPH, Geneviève Landry.

The organization is responsible for “contacting the perpetrator of violence” within 24 to 72 hours following a police intervention in order to establish a bond of trust with him and to refer him to the organization’s support program.

“The men are very relieved to get this call,” Landry said.

Since the beginning of the pilot project in mid-May, “50% of the men we reached agree to receive help, and the 50% who refuse, it is never a categorical refusal.

“An arrest by the police is definitely a shock,” she said. “He is on his own, [and] he doesn’t know the resources, and that stress leads to an even higher risk of recidivism.”

She said that in the wave of feminicides that has hit Quebec over the past two years, “all of these men were known to the police.”

Thus, in addition to supervising the violent partner, the worker can help him better assess his risk factors.

“Obsessive jealousy, forcible confinement, harassment” are often histories of men who kill their wives, she said.

SUPPORTING ABUSIVE MEN

Landry said, “If we don’t intervene with the abuser, we won’t stop the cycle of domestic violence.”

EPH offers a 20-week workshop.

“The workshop focuses on teaching how to use mechanisms to curb abusive behavior, but to do that you need to educate people about what domestic violence is because even today many people don’t know what it is and only know its physical manifestations,” she said. “Violence can also take the form of verbal abuse, emotional abuse, jealousy, control.

After identifying what domestic violence is, the group learns to be aware of “the impact of these behaviors on those around them”, to “develop empathy” and to “work on cognitive distortions”.

It shouldn’t be assumed, however, that all abusive partners are the same and need the same interventions, Landry said.

“Domestic violence is always a choice, but there are some for whom the choice is conscious and others for whom the choice is not conscious,” she said. “Some may engage in what is called ‘intimate terrorism’ and deliberately create a climate of terror, while others tend to be more dependent and set up ‘a dynamic of jealousy and obsession’ Still others turn violent in response to the stress and tension of the situation.”

Until 2021, EPH intervened in 670 situations of domestic violence in an area covering the Vallée-du-Richelieu, the Maskoutains, Samuel-de-Champlain and Pierre-Boucher.

The organization hopes that the model of collaboration with the police service will be replicated elsewhere in Quebec.

Landry also hopes to see more resources for violent women and teens.

SUPPORT NETWORK

Victims of domestic violence can contact SOS violence conjugale at 1-800-363-9010.

Other resources:


— This report from The Canadian Press was first published in French on July 10, 2022.

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