Warning: the following in-depth reporting from CalMatters.org depicts the heartbreaking story of Calley Garay, a mother of three and victim of domestic violence.

Calley Garay's husband, convicted in October of shooting her to death as she was shielding her children, was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The leadup to her murder is something that Brady supporters have heard--and even experienced--all too often. This article illustrates the terror that many women feel when their estranged abusers have a gun. Reader discretion advised.

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic violence, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is available to anyone who has been affected by relationship abuse, including those who are currently in abusive relationships, those who are working to heal, friends or family of victims and survivors and anyone in the community who has questions about domestic violence. Phone services are provided in more than 200 languages. 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY for Deaf/Hard of Hearing). The hotline is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


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