Category: Domestic Violence

Guest Post: What is Reasonable?

By: Corrine Mackenzie In doing this research my ultimate goal is to see the change that is so desperately needed in Michigan regarding self-defense. If I have the right to defend myself against a perpetrator breaking into my home, then I certainly have the right to defend my life against a man who is battering

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Domestic Violence Expert Conclusion on Michigan Woman’s Self-Defense

A recent feature story in the Detroit Free Press by Kristen Jordan Shamus gives a perfectly clear picture as to why we are working hard to get this message out to our lawmakers to amend the People v Christel ruling on behalf of limited expert testimony for battered women in our courts. And to get

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JTS Founder’s message at “OUTCRY for Justice” to give #Justice4Women

The founder of Justice Thru Storytelling, Kelle Lynn, carried the “Double Injustice to Women” message to fellow advocates and lawmakers at the National Day of Empathy in Lansing on March 5. Read her speech below which includes comments from Chief Justice Bridget McCormack and Prosecutor D.J. Hilson, who is the president of PAAM. In October

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Justice Thru Storytelling demands #Justice4Women

October 8, 2018 Contact:  Kelle Lynn Founder & Executive Director kellelynn07@gmail.com (832) 215-0030 As seen on NBC, NPR, Megyn Kelly Today, and Ashleigh Banfield with Headline News, a grassroots effort to change an unjust law begins Oct. 30 SPRING LAKE, Mich. – Victims of domestic violence face a double injustice when expert testimony is limited

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Domestic Violence Survivors Write Letters to Seaman In Prison

During the 14 years of my incarceration, letters from survivors of domestic abuse have arrived almost daily and now fill the footlocker in my prison cell. People from all walks of life from as far away as Singapore write to share the most private details of the domestic abuse they have endured. It’s a secret

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Plea from Nancy Seaman’s son – Greg

Nancy Seaman’s son, Greg, was one week away from graduating college when he lost his father. When the police called to tell him what happened, Greg thought that his father killed his mother, then turned around and shot himself in a murder-suicide.

He knew his dad, a mechanical engineer who lost his prestigious position at work, had been mentally spiraling for a few years. The abuse against his mother had been escalating for quite some time.

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Welcome to Michigan! by Nancy Seaman

Welcome to Michigan. Land of 10,000 lakes, a safe haven for abusers, and a hostile environment for battered women. Michigan, a state with a Self-Defense Act which disallows the use of deadly force by a battered woman if her attacker is a spouse, former spouse, in a dating relationship, resident of the same household, or

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Former Circuit Judge Norman Lippitt Letter to Gov. Rick Snyder – Clemency for Seaman

Excerpt of letter: Dear Governor Snyder: By way of introduction, I am the Sixth Circuit judge who presided over the 1988 trial of Karen Kantzler who was convicted of second degree murder for the homicide of her abusive husband.  Since 1993, I have advocated for Ms. Kantzler’s release from prison and in December 2017, she

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Seaman’s Colleague Sandra Strauss Schwartz, M.A. Ed letter to Gov. Snyder

Excerpt: While planning and teaching our Native American unit, there were a number of crafts we planned to make with the kids that required branches and sticks from trees. I remember Nancy laughing as she remarked on the abundance of twigs and branches she could bring in from her yard. She said that she did

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Joanna – A Survivor’s Story of Deception & Gaslighting

Domestic abuse wears many faces: sexual, physical, emotional, verbal, financial. All are deadly. Emotional and verbal abuse leave no visible bruises, but they are nevertheless painful and damaging. This is one woman’s story about escaping such abuse. Names and some details have been changed for privacy and protection. Steven was a former military fighter pilot

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