Jess Hill has written a seminal book with this name on domestic violence/abuse in Australia. As we all know, this is a scourge within our society. At least one woman a week is killed from this, usually by a partner or ex-partner. But we – the general population – seem to have no idea how to stop these killings, or the huge number of cases of ongoing domestic abuse within our society.
Short-listed for the Stella Prize, this book examines why domestic abuse (a wider term, covering mental as well as physical abuse) occurs in a way I’ve never seen before. Like Bruce Pascoe’s ‘Dark Emu’ (on indigenous history) and Esther Perel’s ‘State of Affairs’ (on why affairs occur), it provides deep insights that conflict with orthodox thinking on a major society issue. I strongly recommend you read it to understand why men kill, maim and abuse their loved and loving partners. Here’s my brief summary.Read More »