Gruelle's story highlights the overlooked fact that leaving an abusive relationship can be lethal.
He had reverted to the controlling and abusive figure who had forced her to flee in the first place.
The abusive priest, Father Michael Baker, confessed to Mahony in 1986 that he was a pedophile.
1530s (implied in abusively), originally "improper," from Middle French abusif, from Latin abusivus, from abus-, past participle stem of abuti (see abuse (v.)). Meaning "full of abuse" is from 1580s. Abuseful was used 17c., and Shakespeare has abusious ("Taming of the Shrew," 1594). Related: Abusiveness.