Weather presenter ITV Ruth Dodsworth shared her fears over the release from prison of her ex-husband who abused.
The 46-year-old TV presenter spoke about the forced control she endured her own experience in controlling marriage in a new TV show.
In controlled by my partner? The covert abuses, previously unseen by police footage, will be revealed at the time of Ms. Dodsworth’s ex-husband’s arrest.
Nightclub owner Jonathan Wignal was sentenced to three years in prison last April after pleading guilty to harassment and coercion.
He subjected her to a nine-year campaign of abuse.
The ITV program will explore what can be done to stop domestic violence.
In the program, Ms. Dodsworth recounts how it took her years to admit that she had been abused, and how she “feared” that Vignal might be released from prison later this year.
She said: “I had no idea that the threats and manipulations that my ex-husband had been using for almost ten years were in fact a pattern of criminal behavior.
“He called me dozens of times a day, wanting to know where I was and who I was with. He checked my phone and even deleted contacts from it.
“He showed up at my workplace or insisted that I leave the studio to have lunch with him in his car.”
She said it took her years to admit that she was being abused, and how her children’s fear for her safety made her realize that Vignal’s behavior was abnormal.
“It was only when my own children began to fear for my safety that I realized what was going on abnormally,” she said.
“In October 2019, I finally called the police, and my then-husband was arrested.
“My ex-husband has been imprisoned for only three years and nine months, but may be released later this year after serving less than half of his term – I can’t pretend I’m not afraid, but I try to stay positive. “
Her 18-year-old daughter Grace said, “It was our reality, it was our life, it was normal for us. And all of a sudden all these professionals are telling us that’s not the case and all that we are” I knew was almost gone ».
The crime of coercive and controlling behavior has been recognized as a crime only in England and Wales since December 2015.
Similar crimes were introduced into law in Scotland in 2019 and in Northern Ireland last year.
Since 2015, the police of England and Wales have received more than 60,000 reports of crime.
Over the same time period it has been registered more than three million times.
The Home Office said its domestic violence law later this year would mean that the crime of control or coercive behavior could apply to intimate partners, ex-partners or family members, whether the victim and the perpetrator live together, offering greater protection for victims.