Earlier this week, Kingston Police responded to a call about a domestic dispute in the west end in which the victim outlined several previous incidents of intimate partner violence over the past year.
The call was placed on Monday, Oct. 16, 2023, and police responded and spoke to the victim. The victim was fearful of her partner’s violent behaviour, Kingston Police said in a press release on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2023 — less than 24 hours after Kingston City Council declared intimate partner violence and epidemic.
“The victim recounted several incidents involving intimate partner violence that had occurred in the past year,” police said. “The accused was not at the residence upon police arrival.”
According to the release, further investigation by police revealed the following details:
- In March 2023, after a verbal dispute between them, the accused proceeded to cause extensive damage to the living room and kitchen of the home.
- In June 2023, while driving in their vehicle, the accused struck the victim twice in the face because she was making too much noise.
- In October 2023, another verbal dispute occurred at the residence between the accused and the victim. On this date, the accused refused to allow the victim to leave the house and the altercation became physical, with the accused pushing the victim down on the couch when she attempted to stand up and leave the room.
Police stated that on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023, at approximately 4:30 p.m. the accused was located and subsequently arrested at their west end residence. The accused was transported to police headquarters where they were held to attend a bail hearing the following day.
A 36-year-old local individual was charged with two counts of assault, forcible confinement, and mischief under $5,000.
The following is a message from Kingston Police:
No one has the right to abuse another person. Victims of intimate partner 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 Interval House
- Kingston Sexual Assault Centre
- Resolve Counselling Services Canada
- KFACC (Kingston Frontenac Anti-violence Coordinating Committee)
- 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