The Price of Survival: The Story of Donna Hockman

Donna Hockman is serving a life sentence in a Virginia prison for the shooting of her abusive ex-boyfriend in an act of self-defense. A myriad of photos, 911 calls, and messages documenting the horrific abuse Donna experienced were ignored by law enforcement and prosecutors. Throughout her trial, the state relied on the testimony of witnesses who have recanted or admitted to lying under oath due to pressure from the prosecution. Donna, who is a devoted mother of two, writer, and advocate for others who hopes to someday reunite with her children.

Natalie Gilbert, COL '24
Marcos Caballero, COL '24
Veronica Campanie, COL '25
Course Title
GOVT 4000
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