Spousal abuse still lurks in the dark

Last week's public mistreatment of Nigella Lawson by her husband has put the spotlight on one of the least openly discussed issues of everyday life, writes Martha Kearns.

22nd June, 2013
A woman having money, a career, even a public profile, does not make the prospect of leaving an angry and controlling man any easier.

You have to feel sorry for Nigella Lawson. There is, of course, the obvious sympathy you instinctively feel for any woman who was humiliated the way she was when her husband, Charles Saatchi, grabbed her throat during an argument outside a London restaurant last week.

But there is also the fact that she suffered this attack in public - not just before the eyes of the other diners at the restaurant, but in front of...

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