By Gabrielle Provencher, Social Media Volunteer at WomanACT
On June 14th 2015, Lorrie Lynn Baechler, 40 years old, was shot by her husband Robert Murphy, 44, who then killed himself in their home in Kitchener. This tragic family violence incident shocked the community. Her family, her friends and the community described Lorrie Lynn as a dedicated volunteer for whom giving her time to others was a second nature. They added that Lorrie was always laughing and was a happy, incredible woman.
After the incident, Mary Zilney, chief executive officer of Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo Region, recalled how violence against women needs to be a community-wide discussion. "It is the responsibility of all of us to probe a little more," she said.
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.