A staggering one in three women are victims of domestic abuse… and in this week’s issue of Grazia we talk to a man who psychologically abused his wife.
The article – in which James* reveals he eventually sought help for his behaviour – marks the start of the UN’s 16 Days of Action Campaign tackling domestic abuse.
It’s an issue that is back in the spotlight thanks to a new scheme announced today which could help prevent more women being terrorised in their own homes… ‘Clare’s Law’ means women will now have the right to find out from police if their partner has a history of violence. The new law, starting in March, is named after Clare Wood, 36, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton in February 2009. Mother-of-one Clare met him on Facebook, unaware he had been repeatedly violent towards women.
An astonishing 88 women were killed by their partners last year – a figure that campaigners are working hard to reduce.
“Clare's Law provides people with the information they need to escape an abusive situation before it ends in tragedy," said Home Secretary Theresa May. "The national scheme will ensure that more people can make informed decisions about their relationship and escape if necessary.”
Read our piece in Grazia, on sale tomorrow…
*Name has been changed.