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    • #18517

      … We’re free now.

      I knew things were not right for a good while, but it took the increasing discomfort I felt listening to The Archers to make me realise that I was in over my head – drowning.

      I spent too many years trying to manage an unmanageable relationship, trying to cope with an utterly unreasonable man, wishing & hoping it would get better.

      I know now it never would have done.

      A waste of energy and time …

      … or maybe not, I’ve learned so much, not least that I am strong, kind and still unbroken 💖

      So thank you to Womens Aid for helping The Archers with a storyline which had the power to change my own and my children’s lives 😊

      S xx

    • #18519

      Yes I listen now , but there is little justice yet with what Helen has gone though so far, do hope he will be caught out in the end of the storey and that it raise spublic awareness. I know a lot of donations were made to refuge due to it. On the down side many lisateners stopped listening as they said it wasnt appropriate for the Archers , they dont realise it happens eveywhere x

      • #18521

        Those are all important points, Godschild 😊

        The lack of justice – and the length of the process – can happen, so needs to be shown.

        I think the ppl who switched off are telling us they can’t cope with abuse being a fact of life. By ‘making’ them switch off they’ve been forced to acknowledge coercive control is a real problem (albeit one they’ve chosen not to learn more about).

        They says there’s no such thing as bad publicity. IMO it’s got ‘middle England’ talking about something they’d like to believe is a working class issue. Now they know it’s not – as we know, abuse crosses race, gender, sexuality, wealth, etc.

        S xx

    • #18546

      Hi, is the program still available to listen to now? X BJ

    • #18548


      Google BBC iPlayer – Radio 4 catch up X

    • #18553
      Peaceful Pig

      I have also found the story line very helpful in terms of validating my experiences, with some scary similarities, and helping people I know to understand better. When I listen, I think “there but for the grace of God go I”. It could’ve ended so much worse and I’m so grateful I got out in time xx

    • #18597
      Twisted Sister

      I hadn’t realised WA were involved in tgis storyline but I am not surprised! Itsbeen done so well including all the family andfriends that didnt ‘get it’ at the time and the mostDifficult of issues thatthe survivor is being made to answer for crime against abuser . So complex. I coudnnlisten to some of it but have been tuning in with interest to the court and post care processbfor her and her child/ren now that he has his hands on her child

      Brilliant profile raising ofthe class-spanning issues . Helen well represents the difficulties experienced in speaking about this type of messed up trauma

      Just awesome radio 4 and WA Deserves awards .

    • #18600
      Twisted Sister

      Has anyone seen the recent Telegraph commentary on the divorce and DV announcements. (detail removed by moderator)

      All the usual victim blamingetc from much press but telegraph chose to use these responses to point outthe classic reaction of press to dv!

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