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‘I have to obey’: Su-Lin faces homelessness if she leaves her violent partner

Su-Lin, like many migrant women, faces a stark choice of whether to stay in a violent relationship or leave and risk homelessness.

The Sydney woman in her early 60s emigrated from China to Australia several years ago, full of hope for a new life and new relationship.

  • Caitlin Fitzsimmons
  • The Sydney Morning Herald

But Su-Lin, who is using a pseudonym for safety reasons, found her new partner soon became controlling and violent.

“It feels like he’s the king and I have to obey,” she said. “It’s only about what he wants and the only way I can be safe at home is to listen and I can’t have my own opinion.”

Su-Lin said she was treated as a…

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