Women the victims of intimate partner terrorism

by Matthew Wade, The Age,

When nearly two women are killed at the hands of their current or former partners in Australia every week, we shouldn’t be sugarcoating the epidemic.

Professor Cathy Humphreys, from the University of Melbourne, argues women in abusive relationships suffer the same kind of psychological torture as hostages.

“Much like prisoners or hostages, women with abusive or violent partners experience isolation, sleep deprivation, severe threats, and the rare indulgence,” she says. “Every aspect of their lives is controlled, and they live in terror.”

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