Domestic violence investigator role created in Mission

Silhouettes representing victims of domestic homicide displayed as part of Prevention of Violence Against Women Week

A Mission Mountie will now be dedicating all her work efforts towards helping women suffering domestic violence.

While funding a new position to handle these duties was contemplated within the past year, the economic pressures rendered that impossible, said Mission RCMP Insp. Richard Konarski.

Internal resources were restructured to create this duty, and the member will provide front-line Mounties with the needed support in investigating these complex and volatile cases, he said, while Sgt. Miriam Dickson will supervise the high-risk files.

Konarski said many victims of domestic violence are “very pragmatic,” and often stay in the relationship to protect their children, or from shame and embarrassment.

“But the risk increases when law enforcement intercedes. At that point, a bully has lost control,” he continued. “Often it is the persistence and consistency of a dedicated and switched on officer that can make all the difference as to whether or not the victim will stay on course. If we do not make sure the victim is safe then we have failed in our fundamental task.”

If you are the victim of domestic violence or threats, or are aware of someone else who is a victim, call the police immediately. Crisis Support is also available through VictimLink BC online at or by calling toll-free to 1-800-563-0808.


Silhouettes displayed

As part of Prevention of Violence Against Women Week (April 15-21), a number of local organizations are putting up silhouettes to represent victims of domestic homicide.

Silhouettes, accompanied with purple lights, will be set up at Mission RCMP/Victim Services, Abbotsford Police Department, Women’s Resource Society of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford Crown Counsel, MSS and Fronya’ Thrift Boutique. This effort is also in support of the Purple Light Nights campaign during Victims of Crime Week (April 22-28).

This campaign was created to remember victims of domestic violence and to give hope to those who are still living with abuse.

You can find more information at and the Silent Witness initiative at

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