Myriam and Sylvie
Content Warning: domestic violence, violence against women, gender-based violence
In March 2021, Myriam Dallaire’s ex-partner brutally killed her with an axe, then killed her mother, Sylvie Bisson.*
Described as loving and vivacious, Myriam, a 28-year-old early childhood educator, leaves behind a 1-year-old son. Sylvie was looking forward to a peaceful retirement with her husband.
When Myriam left her partner not long before her murder, she took refuge at her parents’ house. We can’t be sure whether Myriam sought outside support or what kind.
Myriam was unaware of her ex-partner’s past violence. It turns out his ex-wife filed a complaint against him in 2016 and feels she was not taken seriously. He wound up being sentenced to community service. It is unclear why his dangerousness was minimized by the court, despite evidence of a violent past. Now, his ex-partner is haunted by the thought that had the system taken her seriously, Myriam and Sylvie might still be alive.
#WhatWillItTake to prevent murders like Myriam’s and Sylvie’s?
More responsive legal and justice systems—like what our recommendations propose—would have treated the perpetrator’s ex-partner with more respect and rendered more appropriate sentencing. This pillar is about ensuring inclusive, responsive, and equitable experiences of justice are the same for every survivor of GBV no matter who or where they are.