DAWSON CREEK, B.C. -- The Dawson Creek RCMP says to be aware of signs someone’s experiencing domestic violence.

In 2019, around 30 per cent of violent crimes reported to police across Canada were intimate partner violence.

Mounties say to watch out for controlling behaviour exhibited by someone’s partner. Victims may also change how they act, withdraw from socializing, or engage in riskier uncharacteristic activities.

Police say family and friends can influence positive change by being aware what abusive relationships can look like from the outside.

Beyond contacting police when necessary, there is local help available for domestic violence victims.

The South Peace Community Resource Society has information on a variety of programs to support those experiencing or survivors of intimate partner violence.