By Gabrielle Provencher, Social Media Volunteer at WomanACT
On June 18th 2015, Kaitlan Babcock, 27, was stabbed to death in Kingston by her former boyfriend Craig VanAlstyne, 30, who later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. VanAlstyne was well-known by the police and had at least 38 prior convictions spread over 15 previous sentences. Many of these offences were related to domestic abuse charges against ex-girlfriends. Kaitlan was a mother of three young children and was described by friends as a mother willing to do anything to protect and provide for her kids.
Previous history of domestic violence is a huge risk factor when examining femicide. Of all the femicides perpetrated between 2003 and 2014, 69% of them had a previous history of violence. This certainly shows a lack of support and monitoring from the justice system in terms of preventing future violent offences and how these crimes could be avoided.
Let’s take a time to remember Kaitlan Babcock for the great woman and mother that she was but also all the other victims of domestic abuse and femicide.
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.