Alberta dating violence
Of all reported violent crimes in 2016, more than a quarter resulted from family violence.Almost 67 per cent of family violence victims were women and girls.But even those overwhelming statistics don’t tell the whole story, because experts note that the rates of all forms of family violence are underestimated.In 2014, fewer than one in five people who had been abused by their spouse reported that abuse to police. Cooper, born in Edmonton, was killed by her husband in North Carolina in 2008.
Complicating the issue is Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP), which places restrictions on naming individuals who die by homicide.As Jaffe points out, police announcing a death by domestic homicide may say the victims were known to each other, or that naming the victim does not serve an investigative purpose.In July of 2018, when police found a woman and a man dead in a Blue Quill home, police would only say the woman was a victim of homicide, and that the man’s death was non-criminal.Sometimes Jill Dean thinks about her late sister, Nancy Cooper, and wonders what she would be saying about how it has all shaken down. (Cooper’s husband and the father of her two girls, Brad Cooper, now in a U. prison, at first denied his guilt.) Even now, an internet search of Cooper’s name reveals a plethora of gritty details about her life and death, including excerpts from an online book written by someone who knew her husband and believed he had been framed. Motivated by the experience, Dean created a program in Edmonton for victims of domestic abuse. What followed was a dramatically public situation in which Cooper, her family and her life were laid gruesomely bare. There were photos in the media of the grief-stricken family at the Edmonton memorial service, and a very public conversation about the murder and who was responsible.