The North Okanagan Case Management Team (ICAT) was announced as the winner of the Regional Premier’s Award in the Partnership category during a online video presentation on September 4, 2014. The Premier’s Award honours exceptional service to British Columbians by provincial public service employees and their partners.
ICAT was co-founded by the former VWTHS Executive Director Debby Hamilton and RCMP Sgt Robb Daly in 2008 in response to the recommendation made after a series of domestic homicides that collaboration across agencies in high risk domestic violence cases can save lives. ICAT is currently co-chaired by VWTHS and RCMP and the membership includes Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (Income Assistance), Ministry of Children and Family Development, Ministry of Justice (Probation), Interior Health – Mental Health & Addiction Services, Forensic Psychiatry, Vernon Parole and RCMP Victim Services. VWTHS programs that participate in ICAT include Specialized Victim Services, Outreach Services and Transition House. These agencies meet to review highest risk domestic violence cases where there is a strong likelihood of serious bodily harm or death. Since the team started reviewing cases in 2010 ICAT reviewed 96 cases, deeming 81 of those to be high risk. High risk cases are followed until safety measures can be put into place for the victims and offenders and risk reduces.
The video produced to highlight ICAT can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/user/BCPublicService#p/p