Re: What a bleak picture to relationships this forum brings....lol
One should read the book Coercive Control. The author has a couple of chapters about the history of domestic violence and how society treated it over the centuries. More detailed of course in the 50 years. One fact that I am very impressed with (and not in a positive way) is that it was not until 1976 that the UK repealed the law that a wife had to give all of her wages to her husband. no counter responsibility from the husband at all.
After reading that book, I was left contemplating how stressful life must have been for women until recently.
And if anyone wants to watch how savagely women were treated at the upper end of society, just watch the film The Duchess with Keira Knightly.