Finalist, 2019 Walkley Book Award
Finalist, Human Rights Commission Media Award
Shortlisted, Victorian Premier's Literary Award
Shortlisted, Australian Book Industry Awards
Longlisted, Indie Book Awards
A shattering book: clear-headed, meticulous, driving always at the truth.
important work of Australian non-fiction this year.
A landmark work by one of our finest journalists.
Jess Hill is a brave woman. Her book gives us a chance – just a slim one – to shift our thinking on domestic violence past the stalemate we are in.
At the office of Safe Steps, a 24-7 family violence helpline, the phones have gone quiet. “I get nervous when they stop ringing,” says one worker. It’s a rare occurrence. At its busiest, Safe Steps receives a call every three minutes. Many women are repeat callers: on average, they will return to an abusive partner seven times before leaving for good.
“You must get so frustrated when you think a woman’s ready to leave and then she decides to go back,” I say.“No,” replies one phone counselor pointedly. “I’m frustrated that even though he promised to stop, he chose to abuse her again.”
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 the violence - not in generations to come, but today.
Combining forensic research with riveting storytelling, See What You Made Me Do
you thought you knew about domestic abuse.
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