As the nation grapples with the scourge of domestic violence, survivors and advocates are baffled as to why many victims still end up alone in the court room.
Ms Fenner says the abuse was one trauma and the court process was another.
Like many victims of crime, Ms Fenner was called to give evidence and was cross-examined.
She had come to terms with the fact she would have to relive painful memories.
But she said she was not expecting — let alone offered any support through — what she described as a gruelling torrent of humiliation.
Ms Fenner’s close friend Kelly-Marie Daly has worked in the domestic violence support sector for years and said the case highlighted inadequacies within current support systems.
“The actual support these ladies need is not even being funded, it’s not on the agenda,” Ms Daly said.
ules Thompson said there was a frustrating lack of holistic support available — especially for criminal matters.
“[Support is] needed every day a week in the court system because there’s always criminal matters.”