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The long journey to safety: Northern women travel farthest to access domestic violence shelters – CBC

by ahnationtalk on March 5, 2020125 Views

1 in 3 people in the territories live more than 100 km from a domestic violence shelter

Mar 05, 2020

This story is part of Stopping Domestic Violence, a CBC News series looking at the crisis of intimate partner violence in Canada and what can be done to end it.

It was the first and only time Ann Kasook attempted to run away.

She still feels shaken when she talks about that frigid winter night in Inuvik, N.W.T., in the early 1970s. Kasook was 20 years old.

“I was always told if I ever ran away, he would kill me,” said Kasook, who said she experienced verbal and physical abuse in her marriage for decades.

In the early hours of the morning, she fled her home with two of her children — one on her back and the other on foot — fearing her sleeping husband would wake and become violent.

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