In the last couple of years deaths from domestic violence in B.C. have doubled but the Coroner’s Service says looking at the bigger picture, the numbers have remained fairly constant.
In 2014 there were 14 deaths as the result of domestic violence.
The year before there were seven.
The yearly average going back ten years is 13.9.
Regional Coroner Matt Brown says the latest death from domestic violence happened in Saanich just over a week ago.
58-year-old Peter Khurana killed his wife 56-year-old Julie Cox before taking his own life.
Brown says there was a history of violence between the two, which can be quite common in most cases.
“In terms of the frequency of visits by the police in terms of any history from the correctional side of things, it’s too early for me to comment on those specifics.”
The bodies were found by firefighters who were called to the house after reports of a blaze.