A man from Ingatestone’s been jailed for two years for subjecting his wife to ongoing verbal and mental abuse.
Adam Brunsden’s also been handed an indefinite restraining order against Natalie for controlling and coercive behaviour.
Natalie 38, had been with Brunsden, 35, of Hare Bridge Crescent since 2012 and told officers how she was verbally and mentally abused throughout their relationship.
She recalled how the abuse started two years into their relationship and that she would often be bullied by him and was scared of his large appearance and unpredictable behaviour.
They married in 2016 and she recalled how the abuse escalated, including demands on her financially.
Other abuse she reported to police in July this year were his threats of violence and self-harm.
Police carried out an investigation and arrested Brunsden on July 11.
Natalie said: ” I hope this sentence gives people the confidence to speak up about domestic violence and abuse.
“It’s not acceptable to live in fear of your life and there is never an excuse for this behaviour, ever. It’s does not get better, it gets worse.
“With the support of Essex Police and Women’s Aid, I’m starting to rebuild my life. I would like to thank them for their support and help.”
Investigating officer DC Georgette Beckett said: “Natalie was in a verbally and mentally abusive relationship and lived with it while making excuses for his behaviour.
“She was off work with depression and eventually had enough strength to leave the relationship and call police.
“When Brunsden was arrested, I worked hard to gain a remand and a charge for coercive and controlling behaviour as the evidence was so strong.
“Natalie’s actions and bravery by speaking out shows her strength of character. I hope the sentenced handed to Brunsden offers justice to her.”
If you have experienced coercive and controlling behaviour or have concerns for a someone who may be experiencing this, call police on 101 or report information online at www.essex.police.uk/do-it-online.
Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org
For more advice about domestic abuse visit www.essex.police.uk/advice/domestic-abuse