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There are a couple of articles out of Canada I would like to share with you. In 1986 Brian Vallée wrote a book called Life With Billy. Life With Billy is the story of Jane Hurshman, a woman who suffered 5 years of severe abuse with her husband. The abuse ended when she shot him.

There has been a recent interview with Jane Hurshman and this article describes the fear that Jane Hurshman endures years after her husband’s death and why it is so hard for women in abusive relationships to leave.

A couple of quotes from the article:

I am familiar with the concepts of battered wife syndrome, learned helplessness, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), cyclical violence, traumatic bonding, and victimization. All of those may be relevant to why a woman stays in an abusive relationship. But I’m convinced there is one word that trumps all the others – fear.

Husband dead but wife’s fear lives on is a good article and describes what the long term effects of domestic violence can be for some women as well as helping to explain that age old question “Why don’t they leave?”

Brian Vallée has evidently written a new book The War on Women: Elly Armour, Jane Hursham, and Criminal Domestic Violence in Canadian Homes. I haven’t read either book so I don’t give a reccomendation. But from the articles Vallée compares the war on women to various other wars such as

the War on Drugs, the War on Terror, the War on Crime, the Gulf War, the war in Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq

and notes the differences. In the foreword of the book Stephen Lewis has proposed

urging the creation of a fully funded United Nations international agency for women that would provide “a tremendous force for advocacy and intervention” and would “inevitably move toward the recognition that domestic violence is its own holocaust….We’re not just fighting for women’s human rights; we’re fighting for women’s lives.”

Excerpt from The War on Women

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