Jacqueline Sauvage was found guilty of killing her husband, Norbert Marot, with a hunting rifle late last year. They had been married for 47 years, before Sauvage ended his life, having married as teenagers. In France, the 68-year-old grandmother’s case has focused national attention to domestic violence against women, reports Lilia Blaise.

In fact, many in France would like to change existing homicide laws to take into account the extenuating circumstances involving victims of ongoing domestic abuse.

Now, the French must decide:  If you one day you shoot and kill your abuser, after years and years of abuse, is it still in self-defense?

If you need a little perspective, consider this: “In 2014 alone, it said, 134 women died as a result of violence by their husbands or partners, and five women killed their husbands because of it,” notes Blaise.

Read more at The New York Times


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