Going to court as a victim of abuse

Yesterday’s New York Times Magazine’s Modern Love column, “The View From the Victim Room,” was powerful for a number of reasons.

Courtney Queeney, the author, was badly beaten by a boyfriend. Her story is terrifically written, deeply perceptive, gripping and emotionally resonant.

After calling the Chicago police, Queeney goes to Domestic Violence Court for a protective order. She describes her experiences with the Chicago police and in court (where there’s a “victim room” of her title, a room she never had to be in) — quite different from what most of us would expect to hear from an abused woman.

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