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31 May 2018

Posted in Family Law

A recent case has shown how domestic violence is still prominent in today’s society despite all the deterrents in place and the awareness surrounding it.

Mr Alex Keel and Ms Jordan Worth were in a relationship from the age of 16 years old (until 22 years old).  Such was the abuse that Keel had suffered that Worth was sentenced to seven and a half years by Luton Crown Court.  The abuse started from the time the relationship started.

The case also hit the headlines as it was first time that a woman had been found to be convicted of ‘coercive controlling behaviour’, an offence introduced by the Serious Crime Act 2015 (section 76):

76 Controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship

(1) A person (A) commits an offence if—

(a) A repeatedly or continuously engages in behaviour towards another person (B) that is controlling or coercive,

(b) at the time of the behaviour, A and B are personally connected,

(c) the behaviour has a serious effect on B, and

(d) A knows or ought to know that the behaviour will have a serious effect on B.

Some of the acts of abuse against Keel included:

  1. having boiling water thrown over him,
  2. being beaten with a beer bottle and hammer
  3. starvation
  4. stopping contact with his family and from using social websites
  5. being told what to wear
  6. being told wrongly that his grandfather had died

Domestic abuse

Worth admitted the offences of coercive controlling behaviour, wounding with intent and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Here, at Pindoria Solicitors, we have experience of assisting clients that have been victims of domestic abuse.  We provide guidance on the legal recourse available to clients that are going through relationship difficulties such as above.  However, behaviour such as this or any emotional and psychological abuse is highly unreasonable and should not be tolerated.  We can assist in obtaining Family Injunctions including on an emergency basis when the Police are unable to assist for whatever reason.

Should you wish to arrange a free 30 minute, confidential and no obligation consultation, please contact a member of our Family team.