'I thought he was going to kill me': A GP tells her story

Asha spent eight years feeling unsafe in her own home, having committed her life to a husband who wasn't the man she thought he was

This week, Australian Doctor rolls out its special report on domestic violence.

We talk to doctors working with perpetrators and investigate the research on some of the most disturbing aspects of abuse, including the role of non-lethal strangulation and reproductive coercion.

Written to coincide with the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the aim is to show how doctors are making significant differences to the lives of women whose experiences remain hidden by silence, stigma and shame.

First in the series is the story of Asha*, a GP registrar who suffered years of abuse and control at the hands of her husband.

She talks about the effect on her life and her children, as well as how it has helped her support her own patients dealing with domestic violence.