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Domestic Violence Being Examined as an Aspect of the Nova Scotia Mass Shooting

Source: Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press Staff, atlantic.ctvnews.ca, February 12, 2020

Domestic violence is being considered an aspect of the mass shooting. The upcoming public inquiry has been mandated to consider “contributing and contextual factors, including the role of gender-based and intimate partner violence.”

The spouse of the gunman who killed 22 people in Nova Scotia told police that on the night he began his rampage she was beaten and shot at, and she begged for her life before she managed to escape.

Newly released court documents also say the assault of Lisa Banfield by her common law partner Gabriel Wortman on the night of April 18 wasn’t the first such incident, and that he was “abusive towards her in the past, but she never reported any of the abuse.”

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