The Supportlink/Domestic Violence Emergency Response System (DVERS) program is a personal home alarm linked to the Peel Regional Police and an emergency 911-only cell phone for individuals at high risk of violence by an intimate ex-partner. The goal of the program is to provide a safe family environment, support the process of empowerment, and restore a sense of normalcy to clients’ lives.
Together, Victim Services of Peel and DVERS recipients actively work on intensive safety planning measures that may include transitional support and ongoing counselling.
To be eligible for the DVERS program, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Currently live in Peel
- Have an active land telephone line
- Have made a previous complaint of violence or threats of violence to Peel Regional Police
- Be separated from the accused with no chance of reconciliation
- Be in circumstances where the accused is presently under charge or is subject to court order
- Feel there is a risk the accused will carry out threats of violence
- Be willing to receive a DVERS alarm
- Be willing to co-operate with the criminal justice system
- Be able to identify exceptional circumstances in their situation
The DVERS program is provided through partnerships with ADT Canada Inc., Peel Regional Police and the Ministry of the Attorney General.