Belfast Telegraph

Monday 15 September 2014

Northwest: Service to honour murdered mother

A SPECIAL event has been organised to remember a Londonderry woman brutally murdered by her husband in their own home.

A SPECIAL event has been organised to remember a Londonderry woman brutally murdered by her husband in their own home.

Caroline Crossan was killed by her husband John at their Culmore home in October 1997. His trial heard that Mrs Crossan had been badly beaten before hot fat was poured over her head.

John Crossan is currently serving a life sentence for his wife's murder.

Caroline's Day will take place in Derry on Wednesday, January 24, which would have been the young mother-of-three's birthday.

The day will centre round a special service at Guildhall Square between 1pm and 2pm.

A spokeswoman for Foyle Women's Aid, Margaret Gallagher, said they wanted the day to act as an inspiration for women who are suffering domestic violence.

"We wish to invite representatives and individuals from all walks of life, ages, and gender to join us in this contemplative service.

"We hope it will be a beacon for those women and children who have experienced or continue to experience domestic violence and show that there is support for them.

"We feel it is important for women and children to know that we do care deeply about their lives and that we will not tolerate domestic violence in our community."

The service, a joint initiative between Women's Aid and Mrs Crossan's family, is to become an annual event to highlight what they describe as an "often hidden crime".

Ms Gallagher added: "Foyle Women's Aid, along with Caroline's family and friends, by holding such events aim to heighten the awareness for women and children in this community and show support is available.

"This service aims to reinforce the basic human right to live free from fear, in safety and with respect. No-one should have to tolerate domestic violence.

"However, Women's Aid do understand the complex way in which domestic violence takes place, it can be brutal and physical but it can also be insidious and concealed leaving deep psychological pain and hurt.

"Whatever way domestic violence is carried out it has one common effect, and that is the emotional hurt and pain to women and children," she said.

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