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Controlling ex-partner jailed after Nottinghamshire woman praised for bravery

A woman who found the courage to speak to officers about a controlling and abusive relationship has been praised after her ex-partner was jailed.

The survivor was emotionally controlled and threatened with violence by Anthony Pendleton.

Thirty-two-year-old Pendleton tried to take over her life by preventing her from speaking to family and friends, making threats and stopping her from wearing certain clothes and makeup when she went out.

Pendleton, of Winchester Close, Worksop, was jailed for two years and five months when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on Tuesday (18 April).

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He had earlier pleaded guilty to controlling and coercive behaviour and criminal damage.

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Officers were first alerted when the survivor called 999. She did not speak during the call but a man could be heard in the background making threats to harm her and damage her home.

A neighbour also reported the same disturbance in the early hours of the morning on 14 May 2022.

During interviews with officers, she revealed how Pendleton had tried to control her life. After one argument he ripped a door at her home off its hinges.

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Detective Constable Liam Cowan, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “I would like to express my thanks to the victim for the bravery she has shown throughout this case. This has taken an emotional toll on both her and her family.

“I wish her the very best in the next stage of the process of rebuilding her life, and most of all in regaining her confidence.

“Pendleton has been dealt with by the courts and I hope this sentencing can bring her comfort.

“Anyone living in an abusive and violent relationship will know how extremely difficult it is to deal with, often leading to becoming completely isolated from friends and other support networks, and it can destroy self-esteem.

“This victim has been incredibly brave in telling her story, sometimes under the most difficult of circumstances.

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“I hope this case provides reassurance to others who are suffering, that although the steps to come forward can appear difficult, you will be listened to, helped and kept safe.

“Police are here to help you and are waiting for your call. If you or anyone else is in danger, please call 999 immediately, and we will come to your aid.

“There are many other ways to come forward, and if you feel more comfortable seeking support from another organisation such as a charity or a school, then please speak up as early as you can, to whoever you can.”


 

The following organisations offer support to survivors of domestic abuse within Nottinghamshire.

Nottinghamshire Police is part of the Make Yourself Heard Campaign, which aims to show people how they can report an emergency when it is not safe to speak.

Dialling 55 after calling 999 takes you through to a silent call service, whereby call handlers will give you specific directions on how to report your emergency.

Support is also available via the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline number – run by Refuge – on 0808 2000 247 and online at www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

 

Police Silent Solution: https://www.policeconduct.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Documents/research-learning/Silent_solution_guide.pdf

For more information about Domestic Abuse please read this supporting survivors of domestic abuse page.

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Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid website

Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid provides an extensive range of services for women, young people and children.

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Newark Women’s Aid website

Newark Women’s Aid provides safe accommodation, with associated support services, for women with or without children, who are living with or have experienced any form of physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or economic abuse. Tel: 01636 679687

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Domestic Violence Assist

The UK’s only registered charity arranging Non-Molestation Orders, Prohibited Steps Orders & Occupation Orders

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Men’s Advice Line website

Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic violence and abuse.

It offers emotional support, practical advice and information on a wide range of services for further help and support.

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Juno Women’s Aid

Juno’s 24-hour domestic and sexual violence helpline offers support to women, teenage girls and children who have been affected by domestic or sexual abuse.

Tel: 0808 800 0340

Email: enquiries@junowomensaid.org.uk

Deaf and hearing-impaired women can access the Helpline by:

Text Relay/NGT: 18001 0808 800 0340 24 hours a day

Email: helpline@junowomensaid.org.uk daily, 9am – 9pm

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Equation: Domestic abuse support for men

Equation provide a free helpline for men which is available Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

A 24/7 confidential answerphone service is also available.

Call: 0115 960 5556

Email: helpline@equation.org.uk

Equation also runs the Respect not fear website for younger people which offers help, advice and links to support.

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Nottinghamshire Alliance Against Violence

Make a stand against violence. ‘Like’ our Alliance Against Violence Facebook page

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Nottinghamshire Independent Domestic Abuse Service website

NIDAS is a registered charity, formerly known as Mansfield and Ashfield Women’s Aid.

Its aim is to help people experiencing domestic abuse.

They work hard with other agencies to raise awareness of domestic abus

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Karma Nirvana website

Karma Nirvana is a registered charity that supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour-based abuse.

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Brightsky App

A free to download app providing support and information to those affected by Domestic Abuse, available in 5 languages, has a unique directory of support services and links of further resources including a journal which you can record incidents.

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Hollie Guard App

Safeguarding people- a simple shake or tap activates Hollie guard, immediately notifying your chosen contacts, pinpointing your location and sending audio and video evidence directly to their mobile phones.

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Broxtowe Women’s Project (BWP)

BWP are here to help women living in the Borough of Broxtowe who are experiencing domestic abuse.We provide a confidential helpline, outreach service, training courses and drop in sessions, all aimed at empowering women and to help them survive domestic abuse.

Find out more about our services below.

Call us if you need our help on 01773 719 111 or email enquiries@broxtowewp.org

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