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This helps victims to speak out.

Byline: TINA ROYLES Domestic Violence Liaison Officer

THIS case highlights behaviour going on in thousands of homes.

The court heard how Lee Collins made his girlfriend throw away DVDs featuring actors she found attractive and made death threats against her.

The fact he forced her to sleep facing him is a form of ultimate control. He would have wanted to control every area of her life and make himself seem bigger and more important in her eyes.

It may be that he never had a positive role model for emotional behaviour while growing up, or that deep down he is insecure and vulnerable. But at its core it is about control.

Some perpetrators of domestic abuse fixate on a partner's sexual history and want to know every single detail.

Domestic abuse is something we must be up front and vocal about to help other victims come forward. The perpetrator will try to isolate their partner, cut them off from friends and try to manipulate their behaviour.

This makes it difficult for a victim to make the first step and talk to someone - but it is vital that they do.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 10, 2012
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