Posted on October 17, 2012 by Tina Royles
The Justin Lee Collins Domestic Violence Harassment Case has been a topic for media conversation over the last few weeks in the build up to the hearing at St Alba
ns Crown Court in Hertfordshire.
The jury ruled that Collins had carried out a campaign of domestic violence against his ex girlfriend Anna Larke, but despite this even though Judge John Plumstead stated that the case was “a serious matter. its serious because any violence in a relationship where people should be able to rely on each other is a breach of trust” the possible sentence of five years imprisonment was not given, but Collins who ex wife Karen spoke as his character witness, received the sentence of carrying out a period of community service.
Upon giving the sentence Judge Plumstead stated “The humility that manual work should induce will make you pause to think about what you have done”
REALLY – Is that what it takes to change a convicted perpetrators behaviour, who has pursued a continued reign of harassment over a period of time.
It really isn’t a great message to send out to any victim of domestic violence.
Good on Anna Larke for continuing with her complaint through the police and the courts, as I am sure she faced great pressure not to continue, and lets hope with the support of her family, and the motivation to want to help other victims of domestic violence and raise the awareness domestic violence, and lets hope that through the assistance of Public Relations Guru Max Clifford who is representing Anna Larke, that she is able to project that message and raise awareness to maximum effect.
When a Celebrity Story or a High Profile Case where Domestic Violence or elements of Domestic Violence such as Harassment are present, it grabs the attention of the media, there is no dispute that it is sad that this case had to happen in the first place, but what it does is bring with it a media frenzy, and Domestic Violence is placed under the spotlight; and a positive aspect to this is that it gives some victims the strength to speak out and voice to others what they have or are experiencing.
A story such as this also encourages some perpetrators of domestic violence to seek help for their violence and abuse.
Any media attention that might be the catalyst for either victims or perpetrators of domestic violence to seek help is a positive one.
My piece in the Daily Mirror Wednesday 10th October 2012, in relation to the Justin Lee Collins Story is as follows:
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