Jane’s story

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Jane’s story – told by one of our independent domestic violence advocates

Jane's StoryJane’s partner had punched her twice in the face while she was holding their infant daughter.  He was being charged with Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm.  At court, his defence solicitor made a bail application, claiming that the couple had reconciled and that Jane was going to make a withdrawal statement.

While the judge was trying to decide whether to grant the defendant bail, I spoke with the police who informed me that there had been a long history of police call outs, but that Jane had always withdrawn her statements.

Jane was not at court because of her fear of her ex-partner.  I spoke to her on the phone and she said that none of the solicitor’s claims were true.  I informed the Crown Prosecution Service and the judge decided to keep the defendant in custody until the trial.

I supported Jane throughout the case, informing her about every court hearing and helping her with her safety options.  She decided to go into one of our refuges and once in a safe location with her children, and with the continued support of myself and her refuge worker, Jane decided she felt strong enough to testify.  I went with her on the day of the trial.

With Jane at the court, the defendant pleaded guilty and was given a six month suspended custodial sentence and supervision with probation.

Jane said, “If it hadn’t been for the support and information provided by Refuge, I would never have been able to escape my partner or stand up to him by attending court.  I’m now taking courses at a local college and will soon be moving into permanent accommodation with my children in a safe location.”

 

All names and identifying details have been changed to protect individuals involved.