June 01, 2010 - Written by Tom Fletcher

VICTORIA – More than one in 10 of homicides in B.C. is a result of domestic violence, and a B.C. Coroners Service review panel has urged the provincial government to put more resources into handling the cases.

The coroners service report, released Tuesday, echoes findings of an inquest into the murder-suicide of the family of Peter Lee, and the subsequent study of the case by Mary-Ellen Turpel-Lafond, B.C.'s Representative for Children and Youth. All those reports urged the government to develop better training and coordination between police and other services, and dedicated prosecutors to handle domestic violence cases before they escalate.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 4, 2007, Lee forced his way into his Oak Bay family home and stabbed his estranged wife, her parents and their six-year-old son Christian to death before killing himself. Lee was on bail at the time on a charge of crashing his vehicle in an attempt to injure his wife, and was under a court order to stay away from his family.

"The recommendations are completely consistent with the report that I did into the homicide of Christian Lee, and I think they're consistent with the coroner's jury recommendation, and I think they're consistent with the observation that has been there, which is British Columbia is lacking a consistent and effective system for domestic violence," Turpel-Lafond said Tuesday