Reader discretion warning: This article contains details surrounding a domestic violence case that may be disturbing to some readers.
Police responding to a domestic call in Kingston’s north end uncovered a history of violent domestic abuse, leading to an arrest and charges for a local man.
Kingston Police were called to the victim’s residence on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, after an argument between the accused man and the victim escalated to violence. According to Kingston Police, the two had been dating for approximately three months. On this date, the two had been arguing over the victim wanting to invite a friend over and the accused man voicing his disapproval.
When the victim attempted to leave the bedroom where the argument took place, the accused man grabbed her by the collar of the shirt, and then kicked her in the back, attempting to make her fall down a staircase. The victim was able to grab the handrail to avoid falling, and then fled the residence in fear for her safety.
Officers responded to the address, and the ensuing investigation found that other assaults had occurred during the relationship. According to Kingston Police:
- On Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, the victim turned down advances from the accused man, enraging him. An argument ensued, and the accused grabbed the victim by the throat and choked her.
- On Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, the two had argued over the accused man’s drug habit. When confronted, the man pushed the victim onto a bed with enough force that she bit her lip, causing injury. The victim had been pregnant at the time and miscarried shortly after the assault.
- On an unspecified date, the accused man became aggressive when he noticed that the victim had shaved her legs while in the shower. As the victim exited the shower, the accused man pushed her, causing her to slip on the wet bathroom floor. The victim fell to the floor causing bruising to her ribs.
On Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 at approximately 1:30 p.m., police located and arrested the accused man outside the victim’s residence.
The 25-year-old local man was charged with four counts of assault.
The following is a statement from Kingston Police:
No one has the right to abuse another person. Victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and witnesses are encouraged to contact Kingston Police. The following links offer valuable support services and resources in the Kingston area for victims of domestic and/or sexual violence:
- Kingston Police (613-549-4660)
- Kingston Police Path of Strength Smartphone App
- Kingston Interval House
- Kingston Sexual Assault Centre
- Resolve Counselling Services Canada
- KFACC (Kingston Frontenac Anti-violence Coordinating Committee) and KFACC for men
- Victim Services of Kingston and Frontenac (613-548-4834)
- Addiction & Mental Health Services – Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington
- Ministry of the Attorney General – Violence in the Family
- Ministry of the Attorney General – Victim Services Directory
- Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres