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New domestic violence research exposes haunting statistic

Nearly half a million women face an impossible choice: remain in a violent situation, or leave and face a new threat - poverty. And according to Dr Anne Summers one of the main barriers to tackling this problem is a lack of sympathy for those most affected: single mothers.

By Sally Spicer

Relationships

Nearly half a million women face an impossible choice: remain in a violent situation, or leave and face a new threat - poverty. And according to Dr Anne Summers one of the main barriers to tackling this problem is a lack of sympathy for those most affected: single mothers.

By Sally Spicer

Last year, while recording an interview for a Future Women podcast examining domestic violence, I asked the victim-survivor I was speaking to when exactly she realised her perpetrator might kill her.

‘When he tried to kill my dogs,’ she replied. In all the time we spent discussing her story, this was the one time she cried. 

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