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UK: Abused Husband Filmed Wife’s Attacks To Be Believed

By Published September 11, 2017

A battered husband who suffered years of physical and verbal abuse from his wife had to install a hidden camera in his home to film his wife attacking him as he feared police wouldn’t believe him.

45 year old Neil Tweedy had endured violence from wife Helen since 2005, including an assault on their wedding night in 2008 where she kicked, punched and smothered him with a duvet, before making him sleep on the sofa.

Defence lawyer James Street told the court that school teacher Mrs Tweedy had “significant mental health problems” caused by binge drinking.

Mr Tweedy eventually reported the crimes after the abuse continued following the birth of their daughter, now four.

The victim secretly recorded the assaults at the couple's home in Greater Manchester because he was afraid that police would not believe him without evidence. Over a two-month period three incidents of Helen Tweedy slapping her husband over the head and swearing at him were caught on camera, once in front of their daughter.

At Manchester magistrates’ court, Mrs Tweedy admitted three charges of common assault by beating and was given a restraining order banning her from contacting her husband, as well as 120 hours of unpaid work.

Prosecutor Robin Lynch said: "The first three years were described by the complainant as 'amazing' but the defendant began to drink in private and there sometimes there was some controlling behaviour.

According to a 2017 study by Mankind Initiative - a charity helping men escape domestic violence, one in three victims of domestic violence is male. The research also found that male victims are three times more likely than female victims not to tell anyone about the abuse.

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