Domestic violence workers in the area hope the high-profile Simon Gittany trial will encourage women suffering emotional abuse to seek help.
During the former Merrylands man's trial for murdering his fiance Lisa Harnum, the court heard he monitored her mobile phone, installed security cameras to observe her, berated her for looking beautiful and hid her belongings.
But Cumberland Women's Health Centre domestic violence support worker Lisa Stark said she heard stories like that every day.
Ongoing emotional violence against women might not leave the scars of physical abuse, but its invisibility to others can make it even more dangerous.
"The men interrogate," Ms Stark said. "It's constant harassment. They want to know when you will be home, who you will be with. They call you numerous times a day, follow you around the house, tell you what to wear.
"I think in my experience the psychological and emotional violence is more extreme than the physical violence. Emotional abuse doesn't just go away, it keeps causing harm."
There were 440 reported domestic violence related assaults in Holroyd and 758 in Parramatta in 2012.
One in three Australian women over the age of 15 reports having experienced physical or sexual violence at some time in their lives, Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows.
But there's little to no data available about the number of women who have been psychologically and emotionally abused by their partners — and the number of men who have been charged with the crime.
Ms Stark said she would encourage any woman experiencing domestic violence at a psychological level to make ongoing reports to police and to seek advice.
In some occasions, it is not safe for the woman to simply leave an abusive partner, as the verdict of guilty handed down to Mr Gittany shows.
"At the time of separation the violence can escalate. If the woman is unsure, it's best to get advice and develop a safety escape plan," Ms Stark said.
If you're concerned about a friend or relative, Ms Stark said you should ask questions, identify the violence and provide details about support services.
" I would just hope that women will make a stand and talk to someone, seek support about it," she said.