The Violence Against Women in Relationships (VAWIR) policy was developed in 1993 to revise and expand the original 1986 Ministry of Attorney General Wife Assault policy. The policy has been updated several times over the years (1996, 2000 and 2004) to reflect applicable legislative changes (including Criminal Code and provincial legislation) and changes to operational policies.
This updated policy document fulfils a commitment under the province’s Domestic Violence Action Plan. The action plan was launched in January 2010 in response to recommendations from the Lee/Park coroner’s inquest and the Representative for Children and Youth’s report on the death of Christian Lee. The focus of the action plan is enhancing and integrating the response to domestic violence by the justice system and child welfare partners to better serve all British Columbians.
The ministries of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Attorney General and Children and Family Development collaborated on the update of the provincial VAWIR policy.