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The Correlation Between Domestic Violence and Poverty

In Australian society, there continues to be a higher prevalence of domestic violence among populations that come from impoverished backgrounds. Domestic violence perpetuates the cycle of poverty for many low-income women, who are forced into homelessness and poverty, or even staying with their abuser by a lack of financial resources.

We spoke to Mr Vincent Hurley to discuss whether poverty is linked to domestic violence. He is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Security Studies & Criminology at Macquarie University. Mr Hurley also served 29 years in the NSW Police Force and received an award from the NSW State Premier for Excellence for his work into Domestic Violence Reform in 2008.

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