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Why Did She Stay?

Podcast Interviews

“I’m no expert on abuse but I’m going to become one… This is my mission in life… This is an epidemic of violence against women, and if (Anne-Christine’s) death is going to have any meaning at all it is going to be to put a very public face on the killers of women.”
Stephanie Johnson, from the Houston Chronicle

Why Did She Stay?

by An interview with Roni Keller and Stephanie Johnson (Library of Congress project) | 38:40

He Threatened to Cut Off Her Breasts - Part 1

by Betsy talks about her years of serious domestic abuse | 1:03:14

He Threatened to Cut Off Her Breasts - Part 2

by Betsy talks about her years of serious domestic abuse | 1:16:24

He Started With Tickling

by Abbey recounts her years of domestic abuse that nearly killed her. | 1:20:40

Other Podcast Resources

Life-Saving Resources

If you or a loved one is in an abusive relationship or suffering from someone who is abusive, please seek help immediately. Your life depends on it.

  • ‘Why Did She Stay’ Facebook Feed: This Facebook page is dedicated to the thousands of women muted by their abusers, to remove the shame and stigma they face every day, and the reticence that keeps them silent.
  • Bay Area Turning Point: This Houston-area group provides recovery services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and facilitates violence prevention strategies for societal change in partnership with our community.
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline: These highly-trained advocates are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship – 1-800-799-safe (7233)
  • Texas Council On Family Violence: One of the largest domestic violence coalitions in the country. The group promotes safe and healthy relationships by supporting service providers, facilitating strategic prevention efforts, and creating opportunities for freedom from family violence.
  • Houston Area Women’s Center: The Center provide a safe place to stay, counseling and advocacy to support survivors in building lives from the effects of violence. All services are free of charge and confidential.


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What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence and emotional abuse.

--National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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3 hours ago

Why Did She Stay?
Anne-Christine Johnson reached out to Bay Area Turning Point shortly before her brutal murder in League City at the hands of her ex-husband, and it briefly helped. She was able to understand Shaun Hardy's behavior in the broader context of domestic violence. Sadly, he upped the ante by telling her he had cancer then killed her when she suspected she might leave him for good. Please support shelters like Bay Area Turning Point generously. Reaching a woman enmeshed it a violent relationship takes time -- and money. If you can't give, volunteer. If you don't have time, learn more about domestic violence and listen deeply without judgment. when someone you know and love tries to confide in you. Meanwhile, here's some real-world talk. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 hours ago

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Today, in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we will be hosting our 11th Annual Yoga on the Beach event! This event will be at Stewart Beach TODAY, October 21st , 6:00pm with our partners (@theyogahaven) The Yoga Haven.We would be honored if those in attendance could provide a donation of cleaning items for our emergency shelter or a monetary donation.No pre-registration is required, just bring your favorite towel or yoga mat to Stewart Beach, Galveston.See you on the sand!***This family friendly event will follow social distancing and sanitation guidelines.#domesticviolenceawarenessmonth💜 #dvam #galvestonbeach #galvestoncounty #yoga #yogaonthebeach ... See MoreSee Less
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20 hours ago

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He burned her remains and threw them in a dumpster. She's never been found. ... See MoreSee Less
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We created this site to honor Anne-Christine's memory by promoting safe and healthy relationships to facilitate freedom from family violence.