Previously published in Examiner
Part 13 of the Female Domestic Abuse series
The story is told by the narrator, (Montreal mental health examiner) and takes place at the time she was doing her undergraduate work at Concordia University in Montreal. Names and places have been changed to protect privacy.
Case study of an abused Montreal women and its tragic conclusion continued
Jillian didn’t understand; she wouldn’t listen to our warning to stay away from him. One night she called me in the middle of the night to tell me she finally did it. She phoned her ex abusive boyfriend and agreed to meet him. They met at a neutral place and all the feelings were there as if they never left. She argued that she was meant to be with him. They had a special connection. By now you can guess what I said to her that night.
Shortly after that, she told me that she met the mutual friend again who said that her ex-boyfriend beat up his new girlfriend and she left him. Suddenly Jillian remembered how this was his pattern. This was what he did to woman, this was the reason she left in the first place – not because she didn’t love him but because she was afraid of him.
The hysteria began. She was afraid to leave her apartment, afraid that he would show up at her door. Though she claimed she never gave him her phone number nor address, she did let slip the area of town she lived in. She was afraid to go to Concordia for classes. He knew she was taking courses there. He would come after her. She was afraid to go to our favourite restaurant with us across the street from the university in case he would come after her there.
To be continued