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Jeremy Kyle and the battered woman

July 24, 2009

The Jeremy Kyle Show has been cited as a factor in the sentencing of ‘Jamie Juste after he left his girlfriend with serious facial injuries after a bust-up following the pair’s appearance on the ITV1 show’. Seems his defence team did a good job on the judge then!  ‘Judge Sean Enright said: “It [sentence] would have been higher still but for the involvement of the television show, which seems to have fed your insecurities”.’

All the the media I have seen following this case has discussed whether the Jeremy Kyle Show is exploitative of it’s participants and hasn’t taken the opportunity to discuss domestic violence or violence to women at all – what a surprise!

Women’s Aid estimate that:

1 in 4 women will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime – many of these on a number of occasions.

One incident of domestic violence is reported to the police every minute.

On average, 2 women a week are killed by a current or former male partner.

And also qualify these figures by stating they do NOT include sexual assaults and emotional abuse.

The Home Office website states:

Whatever form it takes, domestic violence is rarely a one-off incident. Usually it’s a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviour through which an abuser seeks power over their family member or partner.
Domestic violence occurs across all of society, regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, wealth or geography. Usually it takes the form of violence against women by men, but children are also affected – they can be traumatised by what they’ve seen, and there is a strong connection between domestic violence and child abuse.

So it is likely that Jamie Juste’s attack on his girlfriend wasn’t the first attack, but part of a series of beatings which ended with him becoming so violent he inflicted serious facial injuries on Rebecca Langley.  I fail to see how watching the television show that he and Langley appeared on could be used as a factor to limit his sentence!

So, why the rush to blame a television show and ignore the facts surrounding domestic violence?  The show is said to concentrate on guests typically include chavs, or working class couples.  You know, the type of people that New Labour; Shower of Shit are fond of using as punchbags in their political games – The Welfare Reform Bill comes strongly to mind.

Perhaps if NL;SoS were to provide the services that the Jeremy Kyle show cites they provide to participants on their show there would be less of an appeal.  Basic services such as Mental Health and Rape Crisis Centres.

Perhaps if NL;SoS were to actually implement some real policies regarding poverty based on equality rather than punishment The Jeremy Kyle show wouldn’t have had a limitless supply of guests since it’s inception in 2005.

I wish Rebecca Langley well and hope she can recover from this brutal relationship and find happiness despite the brutal misogyny present in every nook and cranny of our brave new world of 2009.

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