For some time the BBC3 TV channel has only been available online. My thanks to David for pointing me to this, a 50-minute-long programme which will be broadcast online tomorrow evening, and repeated at 22:45 on Tuesday, 19 February, on BBC1. We’ll post to the piece on iPlayer, and hopefully on YouTube too. The BBC3 description:
Abused By My Girlfriend tells the remarkable story of Alex Skeel, a 23-year-old man from Bedford who survived an abusive relationship with his girlfriend Jordan Worth.
Combining observational filming with personal and police archive, this film provides a raw and uninhibited window into a teenage romance that descended into terrible violence.
Alongside Alex’s shocking and thought-provoking testimony, his family and friends also share their stories of seeing him slowly slip away, powerless to stop it, and unaware of how bad it would get.
Bedfordshire Police described Alex’s case as one of the most extreme cases of domestic violence they had ever dealt with. In hospital, doctors examined Alex’s body and told him that he was just ten days away from death. [J4MB emphasis]
In April 2018, Jordan was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison. She became the first female in the UK to be convicted of coercive and controlling behaviour. [J4MB emphasis]
By sharing his story, Alex hopes to challenge assumptions about violence and masculinity in relationships, and to empower victims of domestic violence to come forward.
All five of the people credited for the programme are women. Such is the BBC today.
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