By Alyssa Hussein, Social Media Volunteer at WomanACT
On October 14th, 2015 a woman was found dead insider her home in Vaughan. She was thirty-six years old and her forty-three year old husband was charged with second-degree murder. The names and cause of death were not released to the public to protect their eight-year old daughter.
According to neighbours, the family was quite private.
Although this commemoration cannot share the identity of the mother that was killed in this tragedy, it is a call to action and awareness. The details of this case are unknown, however it is demonstrative of the realities of Violence Against Women.
Many times instances occur in the most unexpected and private families, where surrounding people and neighbours are completely unaware of the realities within the household. Unfortunately, such a reality makes it even more challenging to combat Violence Against Women. This does not mean that it is not possible though. Sometimes being a friend and hearing people out and guiding them to resources is the little that can be done to save a life.
Special thanks to OAITH for putting together the Annual Femicide List. Since 1995 The Ontario Association of Interval and Transitional Housing began collecting the names of women, and their children, murdered by their intimate partners, as a way to remember victims, honour their lives and advocate for meaningful change.