Yet another article on ignoring or disbelieving allegations of abuse. This time there are 5 victims, including a six year old boy.
Social workers, medical staff, officers from three different police departments, Crown counsel, therapists and lawyers were among those who knew of Sunny Park’s fears. She warned that her estranged husband might kill the boy and pleaded for protection.
Domestic violence was a part of Christian Lee’s all-too-short life. He watched as his father punched his mother in the face and threatened her with a knife.
His mother reached out for help: to police, lawyers, social workers and therapists.
By the time six-year-old Christian’s father slaughtered the boy and his family in September, 2007, there were dozens of professionals who might have recognized the danger – had they only talked to each other.
“Christian’s murder was not inevitable,” concluded Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth.
Ms. Turpel-Lafond Thursday released the first report on the Oak Bay murder-suicide that left five dead. She found a safety net with gaping holes and blamed not the many individuals who were connected with the case, but a provincial government that has not co-ordinated domestic violence programs or given teeth to family law.