It is well-known that many cases of violence against spouses or partners go unreported by victims, and the offenders regularly go unpunished. However, charges can be laid by police in Ontario without the cooperation of victims if the authorities have a reasonable suspicion that a domestic assault occurred. This is known as the "mandatory charging policy," and such a case recently came to light in Kingston.
During the early hours of July 19, 2016, witnesses reported seeing a couple engaged in a heated argument as they walked across a parking lot in the northeast area of the city. The female victim attempted to walk away from her male partner, at which point, according to the witnesses, he grabbed her by the ponytail, dragged her to the ground and began to strike her about the head. The witnesses called the Kingston police, but the couple walked off together before police arrived.