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 Abuser jailed for horrific attack on partner


Domestic abuse is never ok – that is the message to victims as an abuser begins an 18-month prison sentence for a vicious attack on his partner during lockdown.
Christopher Carr, 27, was handed an 18-month prison sentence at Durham Crown Court on Monday, after admitting assault causing actual bodily harm to his victim.
The nasty and sustained assault followed a disagreement on March 28, when Carr was said to be unhappy with a meal his partner had cooked him.
The disturbance at the home in Evansleigh Road, Consett, alerted neighbours to the violence and they rushed to help the terrified victim.
In a victim statement read to the court on Monday, the victim said she thought she would be killed and had been left terrified.
For many victims, home is not the safe place it should be, but we are still here to support them.
Superintendent Dave Ashton, head of Safeguarding at Durham Constabulary, said: “Abuse of any kind is never acceptable and will not be tolerated.
“We are pleased to see this perpetrator has received a prison sentence and hope his victim will be able to start to recover knowing she is safe from her attacker.
“Her neighbours showed bravery by intervening and the victim herself showed incredible courage by helping us bring her attacker to justice.
“We would appeal for anyone who is suffering domestic abuse, or anyone who is concerned about someone they know, to reach out and speak to someone.”
There are many ways people can get help and support:
Call 999 if there is an immediate threat. If you are unable to speak you will be able to use the Silent Solutions service and directed by an automated system to press “5 5” if you need help. Police will do their best to communicate with you using yes/no questions.
Check your local police website for online reporting and contact options or call 101.
Local service Harbour remains open to referrals and will continue to offer support, either face to face or over the telephone. Emergency Refuge accommodation is also open during this time. Call 03000 20 25 25.
Charities like Women’s Aid, Refuge and Safe Lives all have help and support available on their websites specific to Coronavirus.