12th August 2013, After Saatchi and Lawson, we uncover the truth about domestic violence among the wealthy…

Sara has only ever spoken to two people about the abuse she suffered during her first marriage: the two friends who helped her escape. Whatever stereotypes you might entertain of an abused wife, she probably doesn’t fit them: she’s highly educated, an investment banker, from a wealthy, international family.

Dr William Shanahan, executive medical director at Nightingale Hospital, a private clinic that specialises in treating wealthy clients with addiction problems, estimates that his practice sees at least one case involving domestic violence a week but concedes it could be higher – because ‘we may not look for it enough’.

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