Previously published in Examiner
Here is Part 10 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 and her son Keven (9-years-old) lived alone and had just resettled after surviving an abusive relationship. The woman’s shelter where she was staying helped find her current apartment for her.
Angie was so impressed with this woman who had survived so much and still continued to battle the odds. Jillian was raising a child on her own while pursuing a university degree. It was for this very reason that Angie wanted me to meet Jillian. She felt we had so much in common. We were at least 15-years-older than Angie and we were both single parents going to university to pursue our dream.
Jillian was an open person and it didn’t take her long to confide in me and tell me snippets of her life. She was always the happy wanderer. She came from the very small town near Red Deer, Alberta, but just couldn’t stay put. She wanted to travel and experience the world. At the age of 19, she decided out of the blue, to leave Red Deer. She moved to Sydney, Australia; sight unseen, with no definite plans and just her dreams to sustain her. She made it though; she forged her own way in life and created her own destiny.
Jillian met and fell in love with an American man while in her late twenties and followed him back to the United States. She was 30 years old when she gave birth to Keven, her only child. The relationship never lasted. Keven’s father was a restless lazy man, who was incapable of holding onto a job and accepting the responsibility of fatherhood. He was too “laissez-faire” even for Jillian.
When he abandoned them, Jillian decided to come back to Canada to raise her child. It was close to 15 years since she lived in her own country. However, instead of going back home to Red Deer, she decided she wanted to experience the wonder of a big Canadian city – Montreal.
To be continued