When men kill their partners warning signs often missed

When men kill their partners warning signs often missed

Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, in The Star on identifying the warning signs of lethality in abusive relationships:

Last week, a relative of Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji sat silently in a north Toronto courtroom, watching as Dr. Mohammed Shamji appeared on a charge of first-degree murder. Pinned to her jacket was a purple ribbon to honour victims of domestic violence.

One day later, in a downtown Toronto court, Lascelles Allen chose to go to trial to face a first-degree murder charge in the violent death of his ex-girlfriend, Suraiya Gangaram.

The victims in both killings led different lives…. But the women shared tragic commonalities. Both are alleged to have been killed by their intimate partners — men they were leaving, and who faced previous criminal charges for threatening or harming them….

“I think we are quite good at identifying who is high-risk,” said Pamela Cross, legal director at Luke’s Place, a Durham-based organization that provides family law support for abused women. “I think the challenge is: so then what do we do about that.”

Read the full article at The Star.

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