Nat's story has been covered by multiple news outlets, papers and women's advocacy groups over the years. Below you'll find a selection of links to videos and articles about Natalie, as well as Dawn and Ed's education and advocacy campaign. 


If Only... Natalie's Story

The full-length film "If Only... Natalie's Story" was developed in 2010 by the Natalie Novak Foundation as part of an education campaign about violence against women. The film is shown as part of Dawn Novak's interactive presentations to schools, educators and front-line service workers. This short trailer gives an overview of the film's content. For information on the full film, please contact us


Breaking the Uncomfortable Silence

Dawn and Ed Novak’s daughter was in a violent relationship. Many saw the signs – no one spoke up. Natalie, a 20-year-old university student, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. The Novaks are breaking the silence surrounding domestic violence. And an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Western is using education to prevent this senseless violence from happening to others.

Read Natalie’s story and learn more at:




Advocacy & Education

'No Domestic Homicide Just Happens'
Dawn Novak speaks at a Toronto Police Services conference on domestic violence, Toronto Star, May 26, 2018.

Memoirs of a Domestic Violence Murder Trial
Guest blog for Western Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children, December 6, 2017

Women of Distinction from across Muskoka honoured at gala
Huntsville Doppler, October 26, 2017

Dismissal of sexual assault complaints no surprise to victim's mother
Windsor Star, February 9, 2017

Mom of Slain Woman on Mission to Warn Teens About Abusive Relationships
Windsor Star, February 23, 2016

Novaks Recognized with Victim Services Award, May 2, 2013

Mother Shares Personal Tragedy to Protect Others
Chatham Daily News, November 28, 2013

Couple Aims to Empower Teens After Daughter's Murder
CBC News Sudbury, April 25, 2012


Trial & Conviction

Ryerson Student's Killer Convicted
Toronto Star, March 31, 2009

Murder Verdict Outrages Family
Canoe News, April 4, 2009

MPP Requests Inquest into Ryerson Student's 2006 Murder
Inside Toronto, April 23, 2009

Man Gets Heavy Sentence for Girlfriend's Murder
CTV News Toronto, July 27, 2009

Life Sentence For Murder
The Toronto Sun, July 28, 2009


The Murder

Slain 20-year-old Had Promising Future
The Globe & Mail, May 17, 2006

A Tragic End to a Promising Life
The Eyeopener, September 13, 2006


Videos from The Learning Network

Western University's Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children