Plan to shine a light on domestic violence

Paul Austin; 24/11/09

Jen’s friends used to think she had it all. She drove a Mercedes, lived in a big house and sent the children to a private school. But Jen had a second, secret life. She was a victim of domestic violence. Over a 10-year marriage, her husband controlled her money, her choice of friends and eventually her mind. At dinner parties he would humiliate her. At home, if she disagreed with him long enough about anything, he would intimidate her. ”In the end, I stopped disagreeing,” Jen says. In the end, she wore hand-me-down clothes and owned just one bra. She used to lie to her friends by saying she was frugal. In truth, she was too frightened to go shopping.