Author Pam Grace
The statistics are shocking; according to CanadianWomen.org, a woman is killed by her intimate partner every six days. On any day of the week, there are approximately 3,000 women, along with 2,500 children, in shelters for victims of domestic violence. Every year, more than 40,000 arrests result from domestic violence. In every nation around the world, domestic violence is acknowledged, but many times, its victims are too frightened to speak out.
Pamela Grace does, however. In her memoir, Committing to Lonely: After ‘I Do’, she recounts the years of abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband, a man whose cruelty knew no bounds. In vivid detail and prose-like narration, she describes the nights of waiting for him to come home, unsure if he was going to fly into a rage or forbid her to speak. She recalls her confusion, desperation, and desire to be loved in a way that mirrored her own ideas of a marriage.
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