The case of a father who arranged for acid thrown in his three-year-old son’s face during a custody battle highlights the dangers of leaving an abusive relationship, according to a domestic abuse campaigner.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was jailed for 18 years for the attack he hoped would discredit his estranged wife.
The man had threatened to kill his son and his wife, who he claimed “dishonoured him” by leaving him.
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Speaking to talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, domestic violence expert Natalie Collins said 80 percent of women murdered by their partner are killed within 18 months of ending the relationship.
“There’s so much work we need to be doing to address what seems to be an issue in society with some men believing that they own women and if a woman leaves them then she can’t be with anyone else and he’s going to kill her or kill his children,” she said.
Ms Collins added that the perception some men are suddenly driven to violent acts was a misunderstanding of abusive relationships.
“There is this misunderstanding that domestic abuse is one issue, and then there’s these other men who just snap and kill their children or wives and there hasn’t been previous abuse.
“In every single case there is always a lead up where this man has perpetrated violence or abuse.”