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Amber Heard and Johnny Depp appear in a Virginia courtroom on May 16, 2022 during their trial. Steve Helver/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

People couldn’t look away from the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial – the appeal of a relationship drama held true in the 1700s, too

Intimate details of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s marriage – including sex abuse – featured during their defamation trial. There’s a long history of popular trials showcasing relationships gone bad.
Francesco Solimena, Death of Messalina (about 1704/1712) The Getty

Ancient Rome didn’t have specific domestic violence legislation – but the laws they had give us a window into a world of abuse

A patchwork of Roman laws (including Rome’s complex murder laws) sought to address coercive and violent behaviour
One form of domestic abuse involves a parent breaking their child’s connection with the other parent. Mikhail Seleznev/iStock/Getty Images Plus

When parents turn children into weapons, everybody loses

Some parents engage in domestic abuse by influencing their children to fear, dislike or distrust their other parent. What happens next is a cascade of losses.

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