Life After Billy

Life After Billy

Jane's Story : the Aftermath of Abuse

Book - 1993
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When a jury, in November 1982, acquitted Jane Stafford of first degree murder in the death of her common-law husband, Billy, the packed courtroom rose as one to applaud the verdict.  The case attracted national attention and, because of it, the battered wife syndrome is now an accepted defense and it is permissible to bring forward, evidence of longtime abuse in cases in which women have killed heir mates.  The issue of violence against women was just beginning to some out of the closet in the late seventies and early eighties when Billy was battering Jane.  She didn't know there were such places as transition houses.  She learned about them and was soon advocating their need in every community.  Now, Jane's voice has been silenced, but her legacy will live on.  Through the tears and grief over Jane's death, others have pledged to carry on her fight with the same grit and determination.  Jane's youngest sister, Mona Donnelly, articulated that pledge at a memorial service.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland-Bantam, [1993]
Copyright Date: ©1993
ISBN: 9780770425562
Branch Call Number: 362.8292092 Staff -V 33ma 01
362.8292092 Staff -V 33gf 01
362.8292092 Staff-V
Characteristics: xiii, 306 pages : illustrations


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Sep 15, 2019

The book was great about talking about sexual abuse women and stopping that. That what Jane did her best. I wish the book was more detailed about her and Billy life together. I did not like her last husband Joel he wasnt not a nice person after she died. Overall was okay but I was expecting a bit better. I did read the whole book!

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