A woman, who was savagely beaten by her husband and held prisoner in the loft of her own home, has said more needs to be done to help victims of domestic abuse.Oh, do tell?
Zara Bell, 26, was repeatedly beaten by her violent husband David Bell, also 26.Held incommunicado for three weeks?
She was held captive in a tiny attic alongside her one-year-old daughter over a three-week period while her bodybuilder husband went out to the gym.
Well, no. It seems she was just locked up there for the duration of his gym visits, because she was – incredibly – allowed out to work.
We know this, because it’s her chief whinge:
Zara would repeatedly arrive for work covered in bruises, but bosses did nothing to help and instead sacked her because her bruises “put off customers”.OK, sacking her was a bit much (though we've only Zara's word for that), but really, what was the point in showing the bruises to her employers and expecting them to do something about it?
What was stopping her from doing something about it herself?
She urged anyone who suspects a friend or colleague is suffering at the hands of a partner to listen and then report their concerns.Someone in authority needed to tell you this for you to believe it? You’re supposed to be an adult, for god’s sake! Act like it.
She said: “I would have welcomed someone in a position of authority, like my boss and employer, offering me help and telling me my husband was in the wrong and I didn’t have to put up with him. ”
“If there is anyone out there who suspects their employee or colleague is being abused by their partner, then don’t be frightened to say something to them and offer them help.Or, they could. Think about it.
“You could be the person who helps that victim get away from their situation.”
Of course, the bandwagon always has room on it for a passionate believer in the ‘It’s someone else’s responsibility!’ concept:
Lyn Headley, chief executive officer of the Basildon Women’s Aid, urged businesses to support staff if they go to police, or even logging details of injuries they come into work with if they are unwilling to report abuse.For what possible purpose? And just how is the DPA going to cope with that one?
The mind boggles....