So many women died before her, murdered by men who claimed to love them. For decades, we’ve been trying to end this.
We’ve made some progress. And yet Jared Remy was allowed to go free, and now Jennifer Martel is dead.
It would be easy to get lost in despair over Martel’s slaying, to lament the loss of this young mother just coming into her own as yet another in a long line of deaths that have come to seem inevitable. But there is a major effort underway on Beacon Hill in the wake of Martel’s death to spark change. It is driven in part by House Speaker Robert DeLeo, who was shocked into action by her killing, and now has an evangelist’s zeal on matters of domestic violence.
“I looked at this beautiful young lady with a -year-old child who witnessed this and said, ‘How could this be?’ ” DeLeo said Wednesday.
Early next week, he will file a bill that would in a matter of months bring changes for which advocates have been fighting for years. It would make it easier to spot serial abusers, stiffen the penalties they face, and smooth the way for victims to confront batterers in court and to escape their revenge.
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