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Police and Women’s Resources work together to create soothing new interview room for victims

KAWARTHA LAKES-The walls are a seawater blue, with nautical accents. Soothing images, candles and pillows decorate the space.

You would never guess this room is at the Kawartha Lakes Police Service headquarters.

Bella Alderton of Womens Resources, Kawartha Lakes and Sonya Vellenga, Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre were recently asked to work with the Kawartha Lakes Police Service to review sexual assaults cases that police had deemed “unfounded”. The review followed a story by the Globe and Mail in February on the number of cases, police across the country, deemed baseless. Kawartha Lakes police were one of the first to undertake a review.

While at police headquarters on Victoria Street in Lindsay, they noticed the room where police interviewed victims was not very inviting. ” Bella and Sonya with all of their experience in working with women who have experienced trauma said no, no, no, we have to change this” says Kathleen Wild, Programs Director at Womens Resources told Kawartha 411.

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Wild says Police Chief John Hagarty agreed and gave the pair the go ahead to renovate the room. “If you try to envision having gone through an assault and having to make a statement, being put in such a vulnerable state, to be in such a cold room, the last thing you want to feel is you are in an interrogation.” Wild says. The planning began soon after that approval was granted.

The new room, unveiled today, was meant to soothe and comfort any victim of a traumatic event in the Kawartha Lakes while they provide their statement to police.

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Pamela Vanmeer
Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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