VICTORIA – The Ministry of Children and Family Development has appointed the director of investigations from the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth to lead the newly created Provincial Office of Domestic Violence.

This office will be accountable for ensuring all domestic violence policies, programs and services are effective and delivered in a comprehensive and unified way across government.

Cory Heavener, currently the Director of Critical Injury and Death Reviews and Investigations for the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth, will take on this new role effective March 26, 2012. In her current role, she has led two significant investigations and reports dealing with domestic violence, ‘No Private Matter: Honouring Christian Lee’, and most recently ‘Honouring Kaitlynne, Max, and Cordon – Make Their Voices Heard Now’, a report on three children who were killed by their father, Allan Schoenborn.

As part of Heavener’s role with the Representative’s Office, she has engaged and worked with experts in domestic violence to analyze and recommend improvements to systems in addition to analyzing domestic violence programs, services and policies. Heavener, who has worked with the Representative for Children and Youth since 2007, was previously the Associate Provincial Director of Child Welfare in the Ministry of Children and Family Development and has over 23 years of child welfare experience in British Columbia.