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Sylvia Plath Letters Make Dark Allegation About Ted Hughes

Poet wrote that she miscarried two days after he beat her

(Newser) - It's long been known that American poet Sylvia Plath, who was married to the English poet Ted Hughes, suffered a miscarriage with their second child in 1961, a year before the poets separated. But now, unpublished letters Plath wrote to her former therapist and friend Dr. Ruth Barnhouse between... More »

Stabbed 32 Times, Left to Die ... Saved by Prince Charming

Happy ending for domestic abuse survivor and the EMT who saved her life

(Newser) - The first time Cameron Hill met Melissa Dohme, it was on the worst day of her life, she tells People —and earlier this month, they celebrated her (and their) best day. In what the 25-year-old describes as "a dream come true" on Facebook , the couple became husband and... More »

Officer, 3 Others Killed in Wisconsin Shootings

'Domestic situation' at bank escalated

(Newser) - A police officer and three other people were shot and killed when a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at three locations in northern Wisconsin, investigators say. A suspect is in custody. The shootings happened Wednesday afternoon at a bank, a law firm, and an apartment complex, where... More »

She Asked 'Where's Winston?' It Led Police to Her Killer

Baby was rescued from ex-boyfriend

(Newser) - A dying woman in Ohio gave police information that helped them rescue her stepmother and 10-month-old son—and catch the ex-boyfriend who allegedly shot her. Police say that when they arrived at the Delta home of 23-year-old Mandi Mangas early Tuesday, she had suffered a gunshot wound to her chest... More »

Cops: Father Killed Twins, Told Wife to 'Live and Suffer'

Girls, 16, killed in Chicago-area murder-suicide

(Newser) - "I want you to live and suffer like I did," Randall Coffland can be heard saying to estranged wife Anjum Coffland in a 911 call released Sunday. Police say Coffland made the call after killing his twin 16-year-old daughters in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles on Friday,... More »

Woman Flees Miss. to Get Divorce She's Sought Since '01

Getting a divorce in Mississippi requires consent of both spouses

(Newser) - A divorce is a hard and pricey thing to get in Mississippi, though that doesn't necessarily stop people—one recent study found that the state's divorce rate is seventh highest in the country. What sets it—and South Dakota—apart from the rest of the country is that... More »

ICE Agents Arrest Woman in Domestic Violence Court

She'd gone there for a protective order, says attorney

(Newser) - Another immigration arrest is making headlines, this time in El Paso, Texas. Six federal agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested an undocumented woman who'd gone to court to get a protective order for domestic violence, reports KFOX . In fact, El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal thinks the... More »

Mom Uses YouTube Videos to Build a Home With Her Kids

Cara Brookins could afford the land, but not a new home. So they built it themselves

(Newser) - In 2008, Cara Brookins had just left a husband she describes as "physically violent" and wanted desperately to give her four children a home where they'd each have their own room. Her solution? She began studying home-construction tutorials on YouTube. The computer analyst calculated that she could afford... More »

Russia Decriminalizing Domestic Violence

As long as it happens just once a year, doesn't cause serious injury

(Newser) - Domestic violence is inarguably bad—but for nearly 400 members of Russia's parliament, it's not that bad if it only happens once a year and doesn't cause "substantial bodily harm." That's the 380-3 opinion that led to a bill being passed Friday in the... More »

Russia Looks to Decriminalize Domestic Violence

Bill will go before the Duma this week eliminating criminal liability

(Newser) - In Russia, giving one's spouse a slap is nothing extraordinary for many people. This week, the Russian parliament is expected to take a step closer toward decriminalizing it altogether, reports the AP . Battery is a criminal offense in Russia, but a study this month showed that 19% of Russians... More »

Cops: Man Killed Wife, Posted as Her on Facebook

'I can't believe I dropped my phone in the toilet'

(Newser) - A Florida man impersonated his wife on Facebook in a chilling effort to hide the fact that he had just murdered her, police say. According to an Orlando police report seen by People , George McShane, 42, allegedly strangled Kristen McShane on Jan. 7 and then logged into the 30-year-old's... More »

'Just Stop, Daddy': 911 Call Released in SC Lawmaker Case

Colleagues urge Rep. Chris Corley to resign after he's indicted on domestic violence charges

(Newser) - South Carolina lawmaker Chris Corley was indicted on felony domestic violence and weapons charges Thursday and was immediately suspended from the state House of Representatives. The indictment states that on the night of Dec. 26, the Republican harmed his wife by "beating her about the face, head, and body... More »

First-of-Its-Kind Law Uses Hairstylists to Spot Abuse

They're in a good position to spot signs of domestic violence, experts say

(Newser) - An Illinois law that takes effect Sunday aims to take advantage of the trusted relationship between hairstylists and their clients to prevent domestic violence, the AP reports. Stylists, barbers, cosmetologists, estheticians, hair braiders, and nail technicians in Illinois will receive an hour of mandated abuse-prevention training as part of the... More »

Frenchwoman Who Killed Abusive Husband Is Pardoned

Jacqueline Sauvage says she had been physically abused for nearly 50 years

(Newser) - A woman who killed her husband in 2012 was released Wednesday after receiving a full pardon from the president of France, the BBC reports. According to the Guardian , 69-year-old Jacqueline Sauvage shot her husband three times in the back with a hunting rifle the day after their son killed himself.... More »

SC Lawmaker Accused of Beating Wife, Death Threats

Chris Corley voted to strengthen domestic violence penalties

(Newser) - A South Carolina House member who rebuked his colleagues in a Christmas card for lacking morals when they took down the Confederate flag is accused of beating his wife and pointing a gun at her, deputies said. Officers in Aiken County charged Rep. Chris Corley with a pair of felonies... More »

Cops: Man Uses Front-End Loader to Drop Son's Mobile Home

He stopped when he discovered his grandson was inside

(Newser) - Authorities say a Maine man used a front-end loader to repeatedly pick up and drop his son's mobile home during a family dispute and only stopped when he learned his 7-year-old grandson was inside. The York County sheriff's department says 50-year-old John Bubar was involved in a dispute... More »

Woman Writes Desperate Plea for Help on UPS Package

Police say she was abused by her husband for 15 hours before rescue

(Newser) - Authorities say a UPS driver "made a huge difference" in helping rescue a woman who was being abused by her husband this week in Missouri, KMOV reports. On Monday night, 33-year-old James Jordan allegedly locked the couple's 3-year-old son in a bedroom without food or water and started... More »

Man at Large After Allegedly Shooting 2 Cops, Killing 1

Police were responding to a domestic violence call in Georgia

(Newser) - Authorities have identified an officer who was shot and killed in south Georgia and another who was critically injured while responding to a domestic violence call, the AP reports. Americus police chief Mark Scott said Americus officer Nicholas Smarr died and Georgia Southwestern State University officer Jodi Smith was airlifted... More »

Woman Stabbed Boyfriend Who Drank Her Blood: Cops

During an argument about vampires, no less

(Newser) - A 19-year-old Missouri woman allowed her intoxicated boyfriend to cut her arm and drink her blood while discussing vampires, and then stabbed him during an ensuing argument, according to police. The AP reports Victoria Vanatter pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of first-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action in... More »

Outrage Brews Over Domestic Abuse Makeup Tips

'Do not cover domestic violence with makeup, condemn the aggressor!': petition

(Newser) - Human Rights Watch says Morocco has had a "tepid response" to domestic violence over the years, and the country's latest attempt at dealing with the issue is unlikely to score any new points. A state TV tutorial on Channel 2M's Sabahiyat show last week featured a... More »

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