This week Wendy and Beth get into the case of William Balfour, the brother-in-law of Jennifer Hudson (the singer and actress), allegedly because he was angry that his wife wanted a divorce and was seeing someone new.
We get get into the stats and setting (12:48) then move into the early life of some of the people involved in the story (25:04). We dive into the time line (36:04) and move on to the investigation and arrest (48:30). We share our take aways, how not to get murdered (102:05) and some shout outs (109:22).
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There are also international help lines, and helplines that are culturally specific. For example there is an indigenous people domestic violence help line, the StrongHearts Native Helpline 1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483), a safe domestic violence and dating violence helpline for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
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