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A Former Battered Woman Celebrating Life After

Lorrie Sue McClary

in Interrupted Life

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520252493
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944565 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252493.003.0074
A Former Battered Woman Celebrating Life After

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In this chapter, the author, a former battered woman, narrates her experience from the time she was released from prison on parole on October 24, 2005 after a few delays, to her finally coming home with her family, accompanied by a parole officer. It took months to get her Social Security card, California ID card, driver's license, savings account, and ATM card. If she had not come home to her family, she feels she would have been lost in this world. On her forty-seventh birthday, she spoke at Free Battered Women's “Our Voices Within” event. The author has always had tremendous family support and love, and she had the victims' son testifying on her behalf for her release and DNA testing that in the end proved she did not commit the murder and that she was only in prison for being involved in a robbery that she never would have been involved in had she had not been forced into it by her batterer.

Keywords: Free Battered Women; parole; prison; California; parole officer; robbery; DNA testing

Chapter.  2985 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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