Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships

Self defense or murder?
  • phl inquirer

Self defense — or murder? A Philly woman killed her alleged abuser and faces prison

by Samantha Melamed


August 29, 2018 - Ortner Center Exec. Director, Susan B. Sorenson comments on a domestic violence shooting. Power imbalance from the start - he was 20, she was 13 - he ended up dead.


"We've known for decades from research that when a woman tries to end a relationship, when she's doing exactly what society tells her to do, that's when she increases her risk for being murdered by the abuser," said Sorenson. "The highest-risk time for homicide is not when she's in the relationship, but when she's trying to end it."


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