Stories from court: In their own words
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Numerous “best practices” were on display in domestic violence criminal court yesterday.
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In the past four years Court Watch Montgomery volunteers have listened to over 4,000 survivors of domestic violence tell their stories in court. These stories remind us how desperately survivors need full and effective legal protection. Many children are caught up in these acts of violence and pay a heavy price.
“He took me outside in the winter in my wheelchair, and he sprayed me with the hose.”
“He threatened to throw our three month old baby into the ocean and let her drown, or throw her over a balcony.”
“He held a blowtorch near my leg.”
“He pushed and shoved me. My six year old son and I fell down the stairs. My son hurt his neck.”
“He told me bodies burn at 800 degrees and that he would kill me and hide my body in the forest in Pennsylvania and no one will ever find me.”
“He told me he would cut off my face if I ever went with another man.”
“He told me he would cut out my tongue and send me back to Pakistan.”
“My husband came home drunk and threatened me with a knife. The kids were there. They hid in the bedroom.”
“My husband got upset at 1 am because I was sleepy and didn’t want to go to McDonalds. He sat on top of me in bed and used both hands to choke me. He said ‘Do I have your attention now?’ He hits his own head into the wall and talks about killing himself.”
“He grabbed my arm and dragged me down the stairs. He kicked me out of the house. I have an eleven year old. There was a prior incident with a machete.
“My ten year old son says he will kill himself if he has to go with his dad.”
“He wouldn’t give me money for food because he didn’t want my pregnancy to continue.”
“My ex-husband told our five year old daughter that he could use an old tarp to “suffocate mom”.
“My husband broke my nose. He grabbed my throat and lifted me off the floor. He tried to run me off the road in February. He forces me to have sex.”