I married a police officer in the 1970s

He was abusive, physical and emotional.

He was a firearms officer and threatened me and the children.

I called the police endlessly, as did neighbours. It was I that was threatened.

He stayed in his job, I had a complete breakdown.

Constabulary: N/A or Prefer not to say

Timespan: 1970/80s

Did you report it to the police?: Yes

Do you want to revisit this with the police?: No

Could you tell us why not?: Because I reported it to my ex husband’s superior endlessly. I was threatened with losing my children.

Your ethnicity: White British

Have you experienced suicidality due to this?: Attempted suicide once

Are you disabled as defined under the Equality Act 2010?: No


illustration by Danny Noble

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