I lived through an abusive relationship, and New Zealand’s legislation is a relief from the shame and fear

I am from what many would consider an advantaged upbringing. My parents worked hard and my basic needs were always met. I am Pākehā [a European New Zealander] and I grew up in a respectable suburb of Wellington.

However, it turns out that my story of domestic violence is not dissimilar to many other women in New Zealand.

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