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Ontario police chief alleged victim of domestic assault

In Canada on August 11, 2010 at 18:33

BELLEVILLE, Ont. — The top police officer in Belleville, Ont. — the alleged victim of a domestic assault last weekend — said her community standing is the reason she went public with the case.

Belleville police Chief Cory McMullan issued a news release on Tuesday, which was sparse on details of the alleged domestic abuse, but confirmed she was at the centre of the matter.

"Common practice of police services, including the Belleville Police Service, is to not identify anyone involved in domestic incidents in order to protect victims and their families," McMullan said in the release.

The release went on to say that given "her position in the community" McMullan thought it prudent to acknowledge her association with the case.

On the police website, a briefing of an incident from Aug. 6 said police arrived at about 11 p.m. to a residence, in Belleville about 190 kilometres northeast of Toronto, where a woman was said to have been struck by a male in the home.

The police briefing said the victim was treated and released from hospital following the incident.

Deputy chief Paul Vandegraaf said Wednesday that the police force "is going to respect the wishes of the chief for her privacy, her family’s privacy and their opportunity to move forward from this."

A 53-year-old man has been arrested and charged with assault.

The unnamed suspect, who was later released, is scheduled to return to court in September.

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