Stand together against domestic violence

Perpertrators of domestic violence are cowards of the highest order. Any man (or woman) who raises their hand against their partner deserves to be revealed and shamed for their stupidity.

Last week I unfortunately found myself caught in the middle of a heated argument between an aggressive man and his partner in the centre of Helston.

While walking along Meneage Street I became aware of the couple having an increasingly heated quarrel with the man screaming abuse at his partner.

He called her names that would make a dock worker blush which made her distressed and she began to sob.

While taking stock of the situation and unsure whether to step in, I listened to the man bellow a torrent of insults at the top of his voice, and he showed no sign of slowing down.

He eventually made my decision easy as he grabbed the poor woman and began physically assaulting her.

Crossing the road and restraining him, I thankfully calmed the situation down and called the police and waited for help.

During the wait it became obvious that this was a regular occurrence by a man clearly comfortable throwing his weight around against someone vulnerable, yet not as keen to engage with me.

When someone can act in this manner in the middle of a town and in front of plenty of witnesses, you can’t help but wonder how much worse they are behind closed doors.

I later heard that the couple were seen arguing in a local pub and she had decided to not pursue the matter with the police.

For anyone being subjected to domestic violence it is important to seek help and support. Talk to a confidential helpline, a trusted friend, a family member, or your local Police Community Safety Unit, there are people who will want to help and support you in whatever way they can.

The freephone 24-Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline is run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge which is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.

They can help you to move towards taking control of your own life and walk away from abusive relationships and can be contacted on 0808 2000 247.

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