Women in Prisons are often Women in Shadow

Serving Life for Surviving Abuse

Serving Life for Surviving Abuse

Misconceptions about domestic violence can turn the justice system against survivors, often with devastating results.

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On August 3, 1995, 23-year-old Kelly Savage was making last-minute plans to leave her abusive husband, Mark Savage. A few weeks before, Kelly had contacted a battered-women’s organization for advice on how to leave her husband. “Act as normal as possible,” they told her, a common tactic given to women seeking to evade their abusive spouse’s suspicion. For the next few weeks, Kelly quietly amassed what she needed to leave—birth certificates for her two young children (Justin, who was three, and Krystal, who was almost two), medications, and clothes—all of which she hid so that Mark would not find them. She purchased bus tickets to Los Angeles dated the next day, August 4…

read more: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2015/01/serving-life-for-surviving-abuse/384826/

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  1. Reblogged this on HumansinShadow.wordpress.com.

    January 26, 2015 at 9:26 pm

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