Tomorrow marks a grim anniversary in Victoria: seven years since Peter Lee murdered his son, his wife, and her parents before taking his own life.
And despite dozens of recommendations aimed at preventing similar tragedies, advocates say the problem of domestic violence in BC is getting worse.
Robin Russell suffered a broken nose, black eyes, knocked out teeth and guns shoved in her mouth before she left her abuser seven years ago.
“When a person tells you that when you finally find someone and become happy, he’ll be waiting around the corner to throw acid in your face….it sticks with you forever.”
Russell says community based victims services helped her survive.
Child and youth watchdog Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond says BC needs more of that, but the government has put no new money into domestic violence this year.
“When we’ve had 18 deaths and counting. And that’s unacceptable.”
The Liberals have promised to move toward a violence-free BC.