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eggshells and lug nuts

I felt like I had been targeted for murder. Might have been true. Might have just been sloppy work. Was it because of the life insurance policy recently offered by my office? Was it because his true self was about to become known. Or, all of the above? I guess that will never know, and I do not want to know.

Philadelphia: the whole story

I have quoted this article many times. I am afraid it will disappear eventually, so here it is, in full:
NY TIMES
Philadelphia to Handle Abuse Calls Differently
By IAN URBINA
Published: December 30, 2009
Responding to a sharp increase in homicides stemming from domestic violence, the Philadelphia Police Department announced plans this week to change how officers handle domestic [...]

the painful truth

. . a woman is battered every nine seconds in the United States.

. . . domestic violence kills ten women every day in this country.

statistics: domestic abuse

statistics from A Safe Place for Help – an excellent resource for safety and help.
•7% of women (3.9 million) are physically abused by their partners, and 37% (20.7 million) are verbally or emotionally abused.
•Every 9 seconds a woman is physically abused by her husband. (The Commonwealth Fund, N.Y. 1991)
•The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that [...]

gun

I learned something new on the day that he killed me. I had not even attempted to protect myself, I was defenseless. And that was stupid.

I can’t even explain how quickly my mind just “went away” when I saw the barrel of that gun pointed at my face. I had no brain. I was dead already. I could not move, or talk, or object to my untimely demise.