By Alyssa Hussein, Social Media Volunteer at WomanACT
On November 21st 2015, a 49-year-old woman was found dead inside her home in Bradford, Ontario. The details of the incident were banned from public release, although her husband, Jose Fernandez, was arrested at the scene and charged with first-degree murder.
Although details of the incident were not released the Police Department was quite sure of the husband’s involvement. “There’s nobody that we’re looking for,” says South Simcoe Police Det. Const. Kai Johnson. This is a singular person that has been arrested”.
This implies that this was an incident of domestic abuse involving intimate partners. Assumptions, of course should not be made, however it is apparent that a woman has died at the hands of her husband.
We would like to commemorate her, by increasing awareness of available resources in Ontario. Settlement Services, for example, offers information on available resources. Unfortunately, the reality is that there are multiple factors at play when it comes to domestic violence. However, with the support of loved ones, friends and services we can take a step in the right direction.
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.
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