On July 14, 1997, two days after Danielle was murdered by her former boyfriend, her parents were at the Funeral Home to make the funeral arrangements. They were accompanied by their Parish Priest who suggested that in lieu of flowers, they request that donations be sent to the local women’s shelter, Kingston Interval House (KIH). This was the beginning of the Danielle Duchesneau Fund.
A few months later, Danielle’s parents met with the Executive Director of KIH at that time and Pamela Cross, a Canadian feminist lawyer and women’s advocate. The Duchesneau’s were informed that the amount of the donations received in memory of Danielle was substantial and that there was an opportunity to do something special with the funds. This is when the idea of creating a fund that would aid women in abusive relationships came to fruition. The fund would be aimed at helping women escape from the violence by getting to accessing a safe space and helping them to break free from the chains of abuse. The seed was planted, and the Danielle Duchesneau Fund was established.
It is the Duchesneau Family’s hope that there will soon be a day where violence against women no longer exists, and there will be no need for a Danielle Duchesneau Fund or a Kingston Interval House. Sadly, we are not there yet. Women in crisis are in desperate need of help.