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Tonight #DomesticAbuse Documentary ‘Behind Closed Doors’ BBC One 9pm

Tonight (Monday March 14) we will be able to see Oxfordshire’s Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) service at work. A compelling BBC1 documentary, ‘Behind Closed Doors’, follows the story of three high-risk victims of domestic abuse through the Criminal Justice process.

Two victims are supported by staff from the charity Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse’s IDVA service, and one by the DASH charity in Slough.  The film was also made in conjunction with Thames Valley Police. The documentary reflects reality for thousands of victims of domestic abuse of all ages, genders, nationalities and faiths.

With unprecedented access to the Thames Valley Police domestic abuse teams and the victims of violence they are helping, this documentary gives an extraordinary insight into the most common violent crime to take place in the home.

Shot over 12 months, and starting from the moment a 999 call is received, the film follows three brave women who each waive their right to anonymity to show how insidious and terrifying domestic abuse can be. The complex emotions involved when someone you love becomes violent are also exposed, as are the difficulties for police when those feelings mean victims are not completely honest.

With an unfolding, present tense narrative, the film also exposes the lack of consistency in terms of the length of sentence given to offenders. When the police repeatedly take one perpetrator to court only to have magistrates release him again and again, the film demonstrates how the huge ordeal of going to court for these victims of domestic abuse does not mean that, in their eyes, justice will automatically follow.

To watch the programme (after broadcast) on demand go to BBC iPlayer or click here: Behind Closed Doors

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence and abuse in Warwickshire please visit for information about local support services.



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