By the time Tracey Thurman was placed in an ambulance, nearly an hour had passed since she’d been stabbed and stomped on. She laid bleeding out on the ground without receiving medical care. During eight months of hospitalization, she had to learn how to eat and walk again.
Why did Buck attack Tracey when she left him? There’s quite a bit of evidence to establish leaving as a dangerous period. Dr. Betty Jo Barrett, a professor who specializes in intimate-partner violence says “Research has shown the risk of domestic homicide becomes highest during the period of separation.”
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- The Allison Baden-Clay Foundation has an excellent list of many resources available
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