NWT Coroner's Office releases report on Alice Black death
Friday, April 13, 2012 - 3:44 PM
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - The final report is in on how a 31-year-old woman from Gameti died in 2009.
According to the report from the NWT Coroner's Office, Alice Black died as a result of blunt cranial trauma after being beaten by Terry Vital, her common-law husband.
Vital is now serving a prison term after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter in November of 2010.
Chief coroner Cathy Menard's recommendations included bringing the issue of domestic violence to more light through a campaign of awareness.
She said some people still consider it a part of life in the North.
"That's very disturbing," she said. “I've always had successful campaigns with drinking and driving and smoking campaigns. I though perhaps a long-term sustained strategy to increase public awareness and to change attitudes towards domestic and family violence could be done."
Menard also said she was personally disturbed about the case as she prepared her report.
"To tell you the truth, it was disturbing as I'm going through the investigation and even at the point where I'm writing the report,” she said.
Black's autopsy was performed in Edmonton.
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