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Domestic Violence affects the Rich as well as the Poor

Nigella Lawson. Rihanna. Katie Piper. The woman across the road with the black eye. What do all of these women have in common? Why, they are all victims of domestic violence of course! On a pretty regular basis, the “serious” papers, the not-so-serious papers, govermental departments and non-govermental organisations trot out the well-worn truism that domestic violence is no respecter of wealth. My 15 year old daughter already knew that however, but I’ve only just found out why.


Ms Lawson is worth £15 million so you wouldn’t expect to see her taking out a pay day loan. On the other hand, you wouldn’t expect to see your morning papers festooned with pictures of her husband, Charles Saatchi (worth £120 million) furiously pinching, prodding and poking her and then attempt to pass off the incident off as a “playful tiff.” Presumably, before he accepted the police caution for assaulting his wife, the officer who interviewed him gave him the opportunity to either admit assault (cautionable) or expand upon his explanation that this was just harmless, playful fun between consenting adults (not cautionable).


Rihanna, one of the world’s most instantly recognisable super stars, serves to really high-light the myth that women can “simply” walk away from abusive relationships. The net worth of her wealth is £49 million. Chris Brown’s assault on her in 2009 was described as “a brutal battering”. Yet in 2013 she was still romantically linked to him.


When researching this article, I asked my daughter to name 3 famous women who had been the victim of domestic violence. She instantly came up with the names that I have already mentioned. Personally, I had never heard of Katie Piper but I now know that she is a massive inspiration to thousands of women – young and old. The former model was herself the victim of domestic violence at the hands of  jealous boyfriend, Daniel Lynch. He is now serving 2 life sentences after arranging for an associate to throw sulphuric acid in her face. The assault left her blind in one eye. Her charitable trust, the Katie Piper Foundation has helped thousands of victims who have suffered similar indignities. I am pleased that my young daughter has heard of her. Because of women like Ms Piper, my daughter already knew that domestic violence affects women from all walks of life.


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