Since the prolonged drought, the relationship has deteriorated further due to the financial pressures associated with the upkeep of the farm. Lucy doesn’t have any real friends because James never wants to go out and he doesn’t like her to go out on her own or talk to people over the phone. Lucy hardly ever sees her sister who lives in Sydney.

Lucy is experiencing social isolation, which is another form of domestic violence. The isolation would be further increased because Lucy lives in a rural area where there is also geographical isolation. See the Power and Control Wheel for more information about the forms of domestic violence
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