Sarah (not her real name) used to be a high functioning, well paid professional. When she thought of domestic abuse she pictured scenes from the movie Once Were Warriors.
But, what she didn’t realise is that she was slowly becoming subject to extreme financial and psychological abuse by her partner. After taking a break from her career to have children, her partner began withholding access to money. Over the course of several years, things went from bad to worse. Eventually, after briefly becoming homeless, Sarah fled to a women’s refuge with her children. Three years later she’s now in housing living on a benefit and rebuilding her life.