See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Abuse

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Black Inc., Jun 24, 2019 - Social Science - 320 pages
Domestic abuse is a national emergency: one in four Australian women has experienced violence from a man she was intimate with. But too often we ask the wrong question: why didn’t she leave? We should be asking: why did he do it?

Investigative journalist Jess Hill puts perpetrators – and the systems that enable them – in the spotlight. See What You Made Me Do is a deep dive into the abuse so many women and children experience – abuse that is often reinforced by the justice system they trust to protect them. Critically, it shows that we can drastically reduce domestic violence – not in generations to come, but today.

Combining forensic research with riveting storytelling, See What You Made Me Do radically rethinks how to confront the national crisis of fear and abuse in our homes.

‘A shattering book: clear-headed and meticulous, driving always at the truth’—Helen Garner

‘One Australian a week is dying as a result of domestic abuse. If that was terrorism, we’d have armed guards on every corner.’ —Jimmy Barnes

‘Confronting in its honesty this book challenges you to keep reading no matter how uncomfortable it is to face the profound rawness of people’s stories. Such a well written book and so well researched. See What You Made Me Do sheds new light on this complex issue that affects so many of us.’—Rosie Batty
 

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Contents

Notes on My Methods
Introduction
The Perpetrators Handbook
The Underground
The Abusive Mind
Shame
Patriarchy
Children
State of Emergency
Through the Looking Glass
Dadirri
Fixing
Who Can I Call?
Acknowledgements
Endnotes
Index

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About the author (2019)

Jess Hill is an investigative reporter who contributes regularly to Radio National’s Background Briefing and The Monthly. She has reported extensively on domestic violence and is the recipient of three Our Watch Walkley Awards, including the Gold Award for reporting on violence against women.

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