WINNIPEG —; In the wake of three high profile domestic violence homicides, in as many months, North Point Douglas Women’s Centre took to the streets on Saturday afternoon to speak out.
The march began at the shelter and wound its way down Main Street, in the heart of the city. The group hopes to shed light and awareness of domestic violence in Winnipeg.
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“It needs to stop. We need to work together for that chance,” said Ashlyn Stevenson of North Point Douglas Women’s Centre.
In October, 20-year-old Selena Keeper was allegedly brutally beaten and killed by her former boyfriend. She had previously been denied a protection order in May.
Later in the month, police said Camille Runke was shot and killed by her estranged ex-husband in St. Boniface. He later turned the gun on himself before a police standoff.
In November, police said Candace Monias died after being badly beaten in an argument with her partner. The accused was previously ordered by a judge to stay away from Monias after an assault charge in February.
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Bianca Ramos said it is important for people who witness violent episodes can speak up.
“Everybody’s story is different. But we’re all facing this issue and coming together shows people’s support, at a time when they may feel alone and hopeless, Ramos said.
Winnipeg Police said officers respond to roughly 14,000 domestic dispute calls every year and 2,000 of those cases turn into charges.