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Police commend female domestic abuse survivor after attacker is jailed

Police have commended a domestic abuse survivor for her bravery after a man who spat in her face, grabbed her hair and punched her in the face was jailed.

Arturas Abramovas, 35, attacked her at an address off Winthorpe Road in Newark on 23 July 2021.

When the woman tried to call police Abramovas smacked her in the face, snatched the phone out of her hands and threw it to the ground, smashing the screen.

Abramovas, who had ignored a restraining order when he carried out the attack, eventually left. The woman’s friends convinced her to call the police.

She suffered bruising to her face and head and some of her hair had been pulled from her scalp.

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Abramovas, of Boundary Road, Newark, went on to plead guilty to charges of assault causing actual bodily harm, criminal damage and harassment and admitted to breaching a restraining order.

He was locked up for two years when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on Tuesday (22 February 2022).

Detective Sergeant Vanessa Wightman, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was a distressing incident for this survivor who showed immense courage in coming forward following this awful violence towards her.

“The force treats domestic abuse extremely seriously and will respond swiftly and robustly to reports made to us.

“I would urge anyone who has been affected by domestic abuse to contact us, either directly or indirectly, so that we can protect them.

“I hope this case sends a clear message to our communities that we will never tolerate domestic abuse and we will do all we can to work with survivors and bring perpetrators to justice.

“I want to reassure anyone who is suffering domestic abuse that Nottinghamshire police continues to work closely with partner agencies and we are here to help and support them.

“If you are in danger, please call 999 and we will come to your aid.”

Nottinghamshire Police consistently work with partners to tackle this issue including raising awareness of confidential support services that remain available to those experiencing domestic abuse during these difficult times.

This work has included raising awareness of the Silent Solution police system, which people can use to report an emergency when it’s not safe for them to speak, and supporting the #YouAreNotAlone campaign.

The force’s work around domestic abuse has also included social media and supermarket poster campaigns, increased enforcement on bail conditions, increased enforcement on domestic violence protection orders, stalking protection orders and increased focus on serial perpetrators.

* In Nottingham support available to people includes the freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline number – 0808 2000 247 and www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

Support is also available from Juno Women’s Aid and Equation:

Juno Women’s Aid:

0808 800 0340 (free, 24/7)

helpline@junowomensaid.org.uk

www.junowomensaid.org.uk

Equation:

The local domestic abuse helpline for men, run by Equation, is (0115) 960 5556 (Mon-Fri, 9.30-16.30). A confidential answerphone service runs 24/7

www.equation.org.uk

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