Maria Catroppa was born on September 28, 1940 in a small town in southern Italy. Her life was brutally cut short on November 24, 2009 when her husband murdered her in their home.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada's proposed amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act will see a "Conditional Permanent Residence" introduced to the Act which will apply to family class or spouse or common-law partner sponsorship class.
This amendment will put women at risk for many reasons, one of which being that women will be forced to stay in an abusive relationship.
The RCMP made a press release on November 8th:
"Surrey RCMP was well represented at the Surrey Coalition Against Domestic Abuse conference on Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Newton. The conference included a film screening of ‘The Honest Truth’, a documentary which highlighted the case of Maria Catroppa who was murdered by her husband in Surrey in 2009." Read the entire release here
For the second year in a row, British Columbia has scored an overall C- in women’s rights. The province is failing to meet its potential due to continued detrimental practices particularly affecting low income and marginalized women. The grade was awarded in the West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund’s third annual CEDAW Report Card, released October 18, 2011.
Surrey Women’s Centre’s is pleased to release our 2010-2011 Annual Report.
This year, we dedicate our report to Maria Catroppa and other women killed by their partners. Almost 2 years ago, Maria was murdered by her husband in their Surrey home. The report includes a keynote address delivered by Maria’s eldest daughter at the inaugural conference of the Surrey Coalition Against Domestic Abuse.
The We Can End All Violence Against Women coalition of BC (‘We Can BC’) is encouraging all residents in the lower mainland to attend the rally in support of Rumana Monzur, a UBC student who was viciously attacked by her husband in Dhaka, Bangladesh on June 5.
“It is extremely important, while we share in our grief for this terrible event, that we do not condone this behavior by remaining silent,” said Rick Craig, We Can BC co-chair and Executive Director of the Justice Education Society.
Mr. Justice Josephson will deliver his verdict in Regina v. Damin at the Westminster Supreme Courthouse this Thursday, June 2nd at 9:30am. In her Surrey home on the morning of November 24, 2009, Maria Catroppa, a devoted mother of four, was killed by her husband. Emergency crews responding to a 911 call found Maria’s body in their Surrey home- she had been stabbed 126 times. Maria’s husband was charged with second degree murder in connection to her death.
Battered Women’s Support Services and Surrey Women’s Centre have joined together again. Social Justice Versus Criminal Justice: When Women Became Victims is a blog series by Surrey Women’s Centre and Battered Women’s Support Services which will seek to illuminate the current situation, the progressive dismantling of the social safety net for women and we will issue a call to action as we attempt to make the case why this is increasing the risk for women to experience gender based violence...
By Yolande Cole
B.C.’s Opposition NDP used Premier Christy Clark’s first day in the Legislature to question the leader on the government’s decision not to fund the participation of Downtown Eastside groups in the upcoming missing women inquiry.
Shortly after Clark was sworn in as MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey today (May 30), Clark was on the receiving end of multiple questions from the NDP caucus and leader Adrian Dix, who asked the premier to reverse a recent the funding decision.
In her Surrey home, on the morning of November 24, 2009, Maria Catroppa, devoted mother of four was murdered by her husband. Before her death, the warning signs of domestic violence were present; however, her family did not know that their mother was in danger. Like many Surrey residents, the Catroppa family was unaware of the risk factors that increase the probability of serious bodily injury or death resulting from domestic violence.