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Stealing cars, hiding keys, cancelling insurance: UNSW study reveals how domestic violence perpetrators use cars to control and intimidate

For many, a car is an important symbol of independence — but domestic violence perpetrators are using them to try to take that freedom away.

As a domestic and family violence caseworker for the past two decades, it’s a form of “control” that Nicole is all too familiar with.

“For a lot of people, cars are their safety,” she said, adding that she regularly saw cars used as a weapon in financial, physical and emotional abuse.

“If they’re going to escape, then that’s what the car is used for, and so the person using violence is aware of this. They are aware that this is a…

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