The UON received "harrowing" applications from 32 women and 2 men most of whom were aged between 18 and 34. The applicants spoke of physical assaults, financial abuse, stalking, intimidation, harassment, threats to kill and constant fear. Many spoke of trying to leave and returning due to emotional blackmail, low self esteem or nowhere to go. Many talked about homelessness, living in refuges or government housing. Others spoke about severe effects on their mental health and seeking help for depression and PTSD and through trauma counselling.
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