New Safe Centre Response Teams (SCRTs) Supporting Victims of Intimate Partner Violence

Posted On Tuesday January 17, 2023

SCRT marks the first of its kind in Ontario policing

Region of Peel – Victims of intimate partner violence in Peel Region will now receive improved up-front care and referrals with the launch of the Safe Centre Response Teams. 

This pilot program is developed through collaboration between Safe Centre of Peel and Peel Regional Police. Two response teams comprised of a mobile support worker with experience in gender-based violence and a specially trained police constable, will provide appropriate, timely and complex care and support in intimate partner incidents. This initial response will ensure victim safety, early intervention and supporting individuals and families to receive the help they may need.

The key function of the Safe Centre Response Team is to: 

  • Connect families with existing community services to help stabilize the family situation over the short term and help increase their resiliency over the extended period.
  • Help bridge the gap between identifying risk factors and direct intervention, thereby reducing the number of families looking for help being overlooked.
  • Ensure a range of existing prevention and intervention services are provided in a timely manner, to reduce the risk of harm and increase the safety of family members.

In 2021, 17,000 calls for service were related to Family and Intimate Partner Violence in Peel Region, which translates to an average of 45 disputes are reported per day – or about two every hour. Between 2016 and 2021, the rate of intimate partner violence increased by 3.5 percent.

Safe Centre Response Teams have been created in response to this significant public health and safety issue.

SCRT teams will rotate on 12-hour shifts and be dispatched to non-criminal, non-violent calls focused on intimate partner violence and are a part of the continuing evolution of the Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) plan.

The Safe Centre Response team is yet another new pathway in service delivery for our community. This non-traditional response will provide compassionate, upfront care, referrals and resources for people in need and address intimate partner incidents. These teams will bridge the gap that currently exists between initial in-crisis response and the provision of complex care typically provided post-incident by community human service providers. We are committed to delivering on our Community Safety and Well-Being strategy by continually seeking new and innovative partnerships and programs, such as the Safe Centre Response Team, to better meet the needs of our community.

Chief Nishan Duraiappah
Peel Regional Police

“We are excited to be a part of this ground-breaking initiative with Peel Regional Police. The Safe Centre Response Team is an important step in extending community support to at risk couples and families before an intimate partner assault occurs. Earlier intervention will not only save lives, but it will also minimize the impacts of trauma on victims, their children, families, and communities and connect them to the services they need when they need them the most.

Sharon Mayne Devine
CEO, Catholic Family Services Peel Dufferin - Lead Agency for the Safe Centre of Peel

“Through partnership, we make progress. Our government is investing $21.4 million, through the Community Safety and Policing Grant, to enhance community safety by supporting collaboration between Peel Regional Police and local social services. I am proud that Ontario’s investment will make a difference in our community, by supporting the Safe Centre Response Team initiative to support victims of intimate partner violence. I congratulate the Safe Centres of Peel, Catholic Family Services and Peel Regional Police on this partnership.”

-The Hon. Charmaine Williams, Associate Minister of Women’s Social and Economic Opportunity, MPP Brampton Centre

Our government continues taking action to protect victims and support survivors of intimate partner violence. With leadership by our province and partnership between Peel Regional Police, Safe Centres of Peel, and Catholic Family Services, we are enhancing the safety of our communities. I look forward to seeing the impact of local Safe Centre Response Teams.

-Parliamentary Assistant, Christine Hogarth, MPP Etobicoke-Lakeshore

“The Safe Centre Response Teams will be a game-changer in supporting women in Mississauga who are at risk of intimate partner violence. This pilot will ensure that the individuals in domestic disputes are connected to the help that they need before further harm takes place. Domestic violence incidents continue to be the top call for service, and I commend Peel Regional Police and the Safe Centre of Peel for their leadership and commitment to addressing this issue in our community. Domestic violence does not discriminate and the only way we can help end the cycle of abuse is connecting families with the help that they need to keep them and our community safe.”

- Mayor Bonnie Crombie, City of Mississauga


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SCRT marks the first of its kind in Ontario policing


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