Tonight, two brave women — and a man who freely admits to abusing his wife — tell their story to Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes.
Trigger warning: This post contains details of domestic violence and may be triggering for some readers.
Every morning for years, Sharon woke with dread about what was going to happen that day. Perhaps she’d be choked again. Maybe, this time, her face would be smashed into a mirror. There was a chance a knife would be dragged across her throat.
This wasn’t an empty fear; these things have all happened before.
“I married a monster,” a tearful Sharon tells 60 Minutes reporter Tara Brown.
“If he hadn’t have gone to jail, I’d be dead.”
Sharon was abused by her then-husband Steve so many times that she “lost count” of the times he tried to kill her. Despite living in a perpetual state of terror, she explains it wasn’t as easy to walk away from the relationship as some would expect.
“The longer it goes on the more dangerous it gets,” a tearful Sharon says, speaking in an exclusive interview to be aired tonight on 60 Minutes. “It is safer to stay with them because you know where they are and you feel comfort in the fact that they know where you are. You’re not going to upset them by them not knowing where you are.”