B.C.’s independent children’s representative is calling on the provincial government to take action on domestic abuse following the death of six-year-old Christian Lee, who was stabbed to death by his father during a murderous rampage two years ago.
Peter Lee also slaughtered Christian’s mother and her parents before finally killing himself in the family’s upscale home in Oak Bay, near Victoria.
He was on bail facing domestic violence allegations at the time.
In a report released Thursday, Children’s Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond said there is a need for domestic violence courts and for a special justice initiative that focuses on the safety of children and youth.
She added that a co-ordinated system linking the criminal, child welfare and family justice systems could have ultimately made a difference in the Lee tragedy.
“There was no system in place so that all got a complete or fuller picture for adequate decision making,” the children’s representative said.
Christian’s mother, Sunny, received conflicting advice from three police departments, a social worker and her family lawyer on what she should be doing to protect her son and herself from her husband, Turpel-Lafond said.