The North Grenville Police Services Board says there has not been an increase in calls to the local Grenville OPP related to abuse and assault during the COVID-19 pandemic, to date, but some police services as well as the Leeds and Grenville Victim Services have reported an increase in calls related to domestic violence.

Domestic violence involves the use of physical, psychological or sexual force in an intimate relationship.

Chair of the North Grenville Police Services Board, Don Sherritt, says residents who may be facing violence in the home are not alone and help is available for you.

The board says police have a responsibility to assist with preventing violence and every person has the right to safety and a life free from violence.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. Other resources available include:

For information on North Grenville’s annual funding to Victim Services of Leeds and Grenville visit the municipality’s website here.