The War on Women

The War on Women

Elly Armour, Jane Hurshman, and Criminal Violence in Canadian Homes

Book - 2007
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The man who wrote THE book on battered women in Canada, international bestselling writer Brian Valle returns to the domestic battlefield. Twenty years ago, in an international bestselling book entitled Life with Billy, investigative journalist and documentary producer Brian Valle shone a spotlight on the dirty little secret of what was then known as domestic abuse. In The War on Women Valle revisits the domestic battlefield, revealing that the War on Women by the intimate men in their lives continues; that the fallen in this War are more likely to be ignored than honoured; that the refugee camps of this War are called shelters; and that the number of men being killed by their spouses has dropped by more than 70 percent since the inception of shelters, while the number of women being killed has dropped by less than 25 percent. Thats right, shelters save mens lives! Valle was compelled to revisit the domestic battlefield when he was contacted by Calgary music promoter Elly Armour, who harboured a dark secret. She had once been a battered wife. In Nova Scotia in 1951, her husband brutally beat her and forced his way into a locked room where she was trying to hide. A teenaged mother of two with a third on the way, Elly shot her husband dead with his own hunting rifle. She was charged with the capital murder of Vernon Ince. Through the years, Elly never talked about the shooting or the abuse. Not until more than half a century later when, her health failing and upset at the number of women still being murdered and abused by their intimate partners, Miss Elly contacted Brian Vallee and asked him to reveal her secrets.
Publisher: Toronto : Key Porter Books, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781552638286
Branch Call Number: 362.8292 ARM VAL
Characteristics: 376 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm


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Sep 12, 2010

This is a must-read for all! It should be prominently displayed in libraries. It should be required reading for all men taking a course on anger management, on court ordered domestic violence classes, and for women in domestic violence treatment and indeed in any class having to do with relationships between men and women. It is visceral in the way it affects the reader, with the reality of this horrendous life, and how impossible it was for this woman to truly escape, how so many lives were ruined by a vicious man, how no one stopped the torture in this home for years. A very well written rendition.

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