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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Cumbria domestic violence victim speaks out after ex-partner convicted

A CUMBRIA man has been sentenced for assault by beating after causing his ex-partner bruises, scratches and grazes.

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Joy Sayers, 38, from Penrith, suffered facial bruising, loss of hair, scratches and grazes after the assault in March.

Michael Jacques, 50, from Sandgate, Penrith, pleaded guilty at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court on Friday and was sentenced to 140 days in prison suspended for 12 months. He was ordered to pay £150 compensation and £190 court costs, and carry out 60 hours of unpaid work.

On March 7, police received a call to a report an ongoing domestic assault in Raiselands Croft. Jacques carried out a sustained assault against his ex-partner Joy Sayers, 38 from Penrith, resulting in facial bruising, loss of hair, scratches and grazes to her arms, legs, and forehead.

Joy Sayers has decided to speak about the incident in order to encourage other domestic violence victims to report abuse. She said: “I would like to take this opportunity to encourage anyone who has experienced domestic abuse to come forward so that they can seek justice, and hopefully reduce the risk of it happening to another woman.

“The violence was awful, but the hardest part for me has been the aftermath. Some people in Penrith have accused me of lying and a number of so called friends have taken his side.

“I never expected this kind of reaction to being assaulted, and the last few months have been incredibly difficult for me.

“However, I was determined to see him prosecuted as what he did to me was completely wrong, particularly as our young sons were in the house at the time.

“Although I would never say anything negative to them about their father, it is important to me that they do not grow up believing that violence is acceptable.

“This is the first time I have ever experienced anything like this – the physical violence was completely out of the blue. It was such a shock and I was really scared to talk to the police about it.

“However, I would like to urge women in a similar position to report violence in the home as no one should have to accept it as part of their life.”

DC Cath McFadden, the officer who lead on the case, said: “I am pleased that Jacques has been punished for his actions.

“Domestic violence will not be tolerated in Cumbria – no one should have to live in fear in their own homes. I would encourage anyone who has any concerns to get in touch; all reports will be dealt with sensitively and professionally.”

Anyone who would like to report domestic violence should call Cumbria Police on 101, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always call 999.

Have your say

The Evening Mail has reported it, am sure other than it's a Cumbrian paper, more that domestic abuse/violence is rife and there are not many women who do speak out afterwards, this is newsworthy and very brave. Hopefully this brings hope to women who suffer in silence and courage to speak out and ask for help.

Posted by Karen on 29 July 2014 at 10:25

John i really don't think it matters what paper it is in fact good on the Evening mail for publicizing it ,,
It should be in all papers not just the Evening mail ,
Good she is safe now away from monsters that think beating women is going to be tolerated they have got away with it far to long .
It also happens to men who are abused by women but they don't wish to speak out due to other men seeing them as weak ..all abused MEN or WOMEN should speak out, Papers keep up the good work making it public name and shame them.

Posted by susan on 29 July 2014 at 07:31

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