Confronting domestic violence

Family murder in Ontario highlights challenges for employers
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/07/2018
Krassimira Pejcinovski
The death of Krassimira Pejcinovski and her two children in Ajax, Ont., serves as a reminder to employers and employees alike of the perils of domestic violence, both in and out of the workplace. Credit: Spa Sedona

It is the kind of tragedy that happens far too often in Canada. A mother and her two teenage children were killed at their Ajax, Ont., home in March, allegedly by the woman’s ex-boyfriend.

On average, a woman is killed every six days in Canada by an intimate partner, compared to every 22 days for men, according to Statistics Canada.

And yet in this instance, Krassimira Pejcinovski’s employer had an inkling something was wrong. Pejcinovski had been showing up to work looking tired and pale, and she told Sherry Robinson — owner of Spa Sedona — that her boyfriend had been violent with her.