A shattering book: clear-headed, meticulous, driving always at the truth.
One Australian a week is dying as a result of domestic abuse. If that was terrorism, we’d have armed guards on every corner.
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.
At the office of Safe Steps, Victoria’s dedicated 24/7 family violence helpline, phone counsellors receive a call every three minutes. Many women are repeat callers: on average, they will go back to an abusive partner eight 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 counsellor, pointedly.
‘I’m frustrated that even though he promised to stop, he chose to abuse
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 and family violence.
Release date: 24 Jun 2019