In May 2003, Julie Grace suffered a brutal death as a result of domestic violence abuse. Even though it’s been more than seven years since her death, Ruth Grace daily endures the heartache of tragically losing her daughter. Because she wants no parent to suffer as she has, Ruth felt compelled to tell Julie’s story and to speak out on the topic of domestic violence. Tragically, Julie died three days after experiencing an abusive encounter with an intimate partner. Her murderer initially confessed but when his case went to trial, he changed his plea and was convicted of involuntary manslaughter rather than first degree homicide. Ruth was shocked. She blamed the Illinois judicial system for miscarriage of justice.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) reports that, “One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. 85% of domestic violence victims are women.” Many cases are never reported because too often, the victim gets blamed for causing their abuse. Julie Grace’s case is a good example of how the judicial system prosecutes the victim and protects the guilty.
With the help of author Nancy Hoffman, Ruth examines her daughter’s case in detail. Read the witnesses testimonies and judge for yourself – Was Justice Served? This non-fiction book was published by iUniverse and is now available at online outlets such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iUniverse.com.
Was Justice Served for Julie?