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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:
  1. To  increase the popular understanding of domestic violence and high risk factors leading to serious bodily injury or death; and,
  2. To increase victims’ knowledge of and access to critical resources in the City of Surrey.
Because social media is a primary tool and source of information, key activities of the campaign include the production of an online video public service announcement, an interactive website with links to Surrey resources and social media tools such as Facebook and YouTube. It is our hope that the video will be previewed at the Surrey Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (SCADA) conference on November 08, 2010 and the campaign will be launched on the anniversary of Maria Catroppa’s death. The Honest Truth campaign honors the life of Maria Catroppa by helping other victims of domestic violence. The campaign will create a culture of support in the City of Surrey for victims of domestic violence and their loved ones. It  will also assist victims and their families to identify risk factors for domestic violence and access critical local resources to keep women and their children safe. On Monday May 30 at 4:45 PM, join us in the City of Surrey Council Chamber or watch live online at http://www.surrey.ca/city-government/6993.aspx as Surrey Women's Centre presents The Honest Truth to City Council.
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