The death of Debra Allen makes us all pause and reach out with deepest and heartfelt condolences to Debra’s family, friends and students. Debra Allen was murdered at her Georgetown home on Saturday October 13th. allegedly shot by her husband Dave who then killed himself inside their home.
This tragedy highlights, yet once again that domestic violence/murder continues to be a grave issue. Anyone who believes otherwise is looking the other way. It happens everywhere, yes even in Halton as we have seen numerous times in 2012.
For those of us who work in the violence against women field, it makes us reflect and question if there was some way we could have reached out and offered help.
What this highlights for us at Halton Women’s Place is that our efforts to enhance community awareness about our services and the countless barriers facing abused women needs more focus, now more than ever before. Women need to know that our staff is here 24/7 and that there is a safe place for them at Halton Women’s Place.
For women who are experiencing abuse or think they might be: help is available to you. Please call Halton Women’s Place Crisis Line at (905)332-7892 (South Halton) or (905)878-8555 (North Halton).
Diane Beaulieu, Executive Director, Halton Women’s Place