It's challenging for journalists to tell compelling stories about numbers, but some numbers are impossible to ignore. Here are the ones we were talking about this week.
Between 1999 and 2008, 91 people were murdered in New Brunswick. Thirty-two were included in a report from the Chief Coroner's office this week on domestic deaths in the province.
Deborah Doherty is a researcher with the Silent Witness project. She investigates and tells the stories of women who were murdered by a husband, partner or intimate aquaintance. On Friday, she told us more than half of the cases she's investigated involved women who were shot. Deborah Doherty says most of them were killed not for leaving, but while they were still in an intact relationship.
The numbers in aboriginal communities are even more startling. Rhonda Flewelling in Elsipogtog told us the rate of domestic violence in aboriginal communities is at 75 per cent. Yet she says people are reluctant to talk about it. Two events are happening in our region today, one in Elsipogtog, to raise awareness about domestic violence. To get more people talking about it.
I'll leave you with one more statistic. Stats Canada information suggests one in three women are or will be victims of some form of violence. I have three daughters. To think of one of them in an abusive relationship is unimaginable to me. Put a face of someone you love to any one of those numbers. I guarantee you'll want to start talking about it.