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May 27, 2011
Honouring Maria Catroppa: Surrey Women’s Centre Presents to City Council on Preventing Domestic Homicide
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. Aligned with the primary objectives of the City of Surrey’s Crime Reduction Strategy, our project entitled The Honest Truth is a social media campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence. Its primary goal is twofold:
- To increase the popular understanding of domestic violence and high risk factors leading to serious bodily injury or death; and,
- To increase victims’ knowledge of and access to critical resources in the City of Surrey.