Survivor of domestic abuse

Two brave survivors of domestic abuse share their stories of abusive relationships and taking the next step, on CBS Reality (DStv Channel 132).

CBS Reality (DStv Channel 132), presents an eye-opening view of domestic abuse in the documentary Uncovering Intimate Abuse, Saturday 17 February at 21:10.

Every week in the UK an average of two women are murdered by a partner or ex-partner. Another four to 10 women commit suicide because of domestic abuse. Young people and women are taught to be safe out there, but sometimes the real threat is when they get home.

This brave documentary explores and highlights the elements of domestic abuse, including coercion and stalking, that if often followed by serious violence and homicide. The programme reveals the patterns and warning signs that are present in almost all abusive relationships and explains the definitive characteristics of most abusers. Two very brave survivors, Jemma Cadle and Samantha Howlett, describe their abusive relationships and how with support they eventually regained control and secured convictions. Other contributors include criminologist and leading domestic homicide expert Jane Monckton-Smith, DCI Jo Smith, and DC Julia Jacobs who explain the challenges and complexities faced by the police.

A difficult but important look at how the complexities of mind games and fear prevent abused women from speaking out, even when they are beaten close to death, and often being hospitilised once is not enough to break the silence.

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by Alice da Silva