A woman who found the courage to speak to the police about an abusive relationship she was in has been praised for her bravery after her ex-partner was jailed for subjecting her to coercive and controlling behaviour.
The survivor was emotionally controlled over a four-year period by 33-year-old Christopher Rice who made her believe that if she didn’t do exactly what he told her to do he would leave her and also threatened to harm himself if she reported his aggressive and manipulative behaviour to the police.
Rice, of Annesley Woodhouse, bombarded her with text messages throughout their relationship, which began in 2016, including coercive, controlling, and abusive messages.
He constantly accused her of cheating on him, regularly checked her phone and made her delete photos of herself which were on her phone because he believed she would send them to other men.
Rice has now been jailed for two years and three months and has been made the subject of a restraining order after pleading guilty to engaging in controlling or coercive behaviour. He was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday (21 February 2023).
Police Constable Gill Mee said: “I would like to express my sincere thanks to this lady for the inspirational courage and determination she has shown throughout this case. This has taken a huge emotional toll on both her and her son, over the last three years, while preparing this case for court.
“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. Rice has at last been dealt with by the courts and I hope this sentencing can bring her comfort and peace. I would also like to thank the Crown Prosecution Service for dealing with this case with such sensitivity and care.
“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 completely destroy self-esteem.
“The survivor, in this case, has been so brave in telling her story, sometimes under the most difficult of circumstances, and she has shown huge courage in her determination to be heard.
“I also hope this case provides reassurances 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.
“Any current or historical abuse or violence can be reported at any time, and you can contact us for advice too if that’s what you need right now.
“Survivors may be able to help the police by providing copies of emails, text messages or voicemail recordings, photographs of injuries or damage to property or other evidence which could aid them in their investigation.
“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.
“I hope this conviction will remind and reassure other survivors that they are not alone. I would urge anyone who feels they are suffering in difficult circumstances to reach out to someone – whether that is a friend who can report on your behalf, by speaking to police directly, or by reporting through any of our partner support agencies.”
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