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New program to tackle domestic violence during pregnancy in Western Australia

Roia Atmar was no stranger to violence when her husband set her on fire while she was holding her baby daughter, but she believes things could have been very different if the medical professionals she…

  • Sarah Collard
  • ABC

Ms Atmar was a child bride.

She was 14 when she came to Australia from Afghanistan, and had her first child at 15, before having three other children to her abuser.

Atm 4dShe said the abuse started early in the marriage.

For a lot of men, they think once you have a child with them you are stuck with them for life,” she said.

“He waited until I was pregnant because he knew I…

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