The Trap

Debuts Thursday 5 August 2021


This is a series about love, abuse and power. Hosted by Jess Hill, this podcast looks deeply at abuse that happens in private, and in public, searching the world for answers to the questions that continue to confound us. Why does domestic abuse persist? Why do people become abusive? And what can we do to prevent it? From the Victorian Women’s Trust, this is The Trap.

Content warning: violence. If this raises any issues for you, contact:


Host & writer Jess Hill
Creative producer Georgina Savage
Producer Mary Crooks AO, Maria Chetcuti, Ally Oliver-Perham, Lucy Ballantyne
Production manager Ally Oliver-Perham, Maria Chetcuti
Recording Forbes Street Studios
Sound design & mix Romy Sher, Pariya Taherzadeh-Desovski
Research Leah McPherson
Transcription Max Favetti, Amanda Barbour
Production assistance Sanduni Hewa Katupothage, Esther Davies-Brown, Alexandra Collins, Georgia Lazarakis, Georgia Shepherd, Aaryn Melzer, Lily Mooney
Art direction Aimee Carruthers
Video The Social Parade
Animation Mari Frith
Photography Saskia Wilson
With thanks to the entire team at VWT

The Trap is a harm prevention podcast, created by the Dugdale Trust for Women & Girls (of which the Victorian Women’s Trust is Trustee). This project has been made possible thanks to the support of donors. Special thanks to the Phyllis Connor Memorial Trust of Equity Trustees Limited, The Bokhara Foundation and a private donor.

We are indebted to everyone who courageously shared their stories and wisdom with us. Thank you all.

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