Washington State Domestic Violence Fatality – One More Tragic Reason to Take This Stuff Seriously!

At around 9.30 am on Tuesday, July 8th 2014, 37 year old Christopher Henderson entered the cancer treatment centre of then Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, Washington and shot his thirty year old wife, Sheena Henderson, several times before turning the gun on himself.

Both died at the scene of this tragic murder – suicide.  Read the Story Here

The reality of this tragic incident and the events leading up to it will be all uncovered in the aftermath investigation. What we do know for certain is that two people are dead and they died in Sheena’s workplace.

In 2012 in British Columbia, WorkSafeBC published an informative toolkit called, Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace: A Handbook for Employers. The purpose of this handbook was to raise awareness about domestic violence situations within the workplace. They did this by describing the signs and effects, the employer’s legal obligations, as well as to provide some recommendations designed to help.

Bill 168

Bill 168 in Ontario was enacted in 2009. It provided Occupational Health and Safety Regulations to deal with workplace harassment and workplace violence issues within that province. A great deal of the emphasis within those regulations deal with the signs and symptoms of domestic violence.  One of the triggers for moving that legislation to the forefront was the tragic events that occurred on Saturday November 12, 2005 at Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor, Ontario. This was the day when Dr. Marc Daniel murdered his ex-girlfriend, Nurse Lori Dupont in the recovery room at the hospital while both were working. Marc Daniel then left the hospital and committed suicide inside his car some distance away from the building.  Read the Story

We need to pay attention to what is going on in front of us.