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Home truths – The costs and causes of domestic violence

Home truths – The costs and causes of domestic violence

Sunday 1st March 2015

This feature in the Monthly Essays examines the ongoing dynamics of power and control that characterise abusive relationships. It also looks at the role of technology as a platform to control and monitor in the high profile murder of Lisa Harnum by her fiancée, Simon Gittany:

Sydney businessman Simon Gittany, convicted of the murder of Lisa Harnum, his fiancée, didn’t hit her until the day she tried to leave him in 2011. But for years he’d controlled her every move: monitoring her texts and emails, telling her what to wear, and instructing her not to look at other men. When Harnum tried to leave, Gittany knocked her unconscious and dropped her from the balcony of their 15th-floor apartment. At the murder scene, police found a torn-up note in Harnum’s pocket, written in her handwriting. It read, “There are surveillance cameras inside and outside the house.

Read the full article: Home truths – The costs and causes of domestic violence