See What You made Me Do

Author: Jess Hill

Publisher/Year: Black Inc./2019

Publisher Description

Domestic abuse is a national emergency: one in four Australian women has experienced violence from a man she was intimate with. But too often we ask the wrong question: why didn’t she leave? We should be asking: why did he do it?

Investigative journalist Jess Hill puts perpetrators – and the systems that enable them – in the spotlight. See What You Made Me Do is a deep dive into the abuse so many women and children experience – abuse that is often reinforced by the justice system they trust to protect them. Critically, it shows that we can drastically reduce domestic violence – not in generations to come, but today.

Combining forensic research with riveting storytelling, See What You Made Me Do radically rethinks how to confront the national crisis of fear and abuse in our homes.


Judges: Karina Kilmore, Philomena Horsley, Bec Kavanagh, Pauline Meaney, Debbie Stephen and Moraig Kisler

Judges’ Comments

This year the judges also want to commend See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill.  Hill documents and exposes the many guises of the perpetrators of domestic crimes and abuse and at the same time gives strength and power to the stories of the victims involved. This is a remarkable book; an intimate and deep look at the impact of domestic control and abuse – a must-read for every Australian.