Men are not the only abusers in the home

A file photo of the traditional domestic violence dynamic

Power and control over a partner can be something far more subtle than muscle, writes Suzanne Harrington

When we think about domestic abuse, we think bruised women, terrified children, violent men. That’s the formula.

The statistics backed this up: in Britain, it’s two dead women a week, murdered by current or former partners. Two dead women, every week, and hundreds more assaulted, controlled, terrorised. There are fewer deaths in Ireland — 216 femicides since 1996 — yet domestic violence has the highest rate of repeat offending of any crime.

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