Mum and five kids lived with violent dad for years

Last year, the Ministry of Social and Family Development investigated 1,163 child abuse cases - a 30 per cent spike from 894 in 2017.
Last year, the Ministry of Social and Family Development investigated 1,163 child abuse cases - a 30 per cent spike from 894 in 2017.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

After more than 20 years of living with an abusive man, Lisa (not her real name) has decided enough is enough and will divorce her husband - a second time.

Her five children, aged between 10 and 22, had encouraged her to leave their foul-tempered father, who was often drunk and beat them.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 17, 2019, with the headline 'Mum and five kids lived with violent dad for years'. Subscribe