Nigella case leads to rise in domestic abuse reports

Charity chiefs in Brighton said there had been a “marked” increase in calls after high-profile incident involving Nigella Lawson

Charity chiefs in Brighton said there had been a “marked” increase in calls after high-profile incident involving Nigella Lawson

First published in News by , Senior Reporter

Shocking pictures of a row between a celebrity chef and her husband have prompted more domestic violence victims in the city to come forward.

Charity chiefs in Brighton said there had been a “marked” increase in calls for help after Charles Saatchi was pictured grasping Nigella Lawson’s neck at a London restaurant last month.

In the days after the row hit the headlines, Brighton-based domestic violence charity RISE experienced a 20% increase in traffic to its website.

There was also an increase in calls to the charity’s helpline, according to chief executive Gail Gray.

Ms Gray revealed an Argus feature on domestic violence last month had also helped to raise awareness.

She said: “The reality of domestic abuse shown in the photographs of Nigella has lead to an increase of people looking for support, and also of people wanting to help.

Domestic violence is a fixture in the lives of so many, so it is heartening the response of the community is to want to help change this.

“We did have a service user comment The Argus coverage had made a big difference for her.

“She hadn’t realised the stats for domestic violence were so high and she felt a lot more normal in the face of them.”

ormer advertising executive Saatchi, 70, accepted a police caution after photographs were published showing him with his hands around his wife’s neck during the argument on June 16.

Domestic violence charity Refuge experienced a four-fold increase in website visits in the days after the attack.

A spokeswoman said: “If anything positive is to come of this incident, it is there has been a massive public response which has generated a nationwide discussion about domestic violence.”

Council staff are hoping more victims will come forward as part of campaign to raise awareness called White Ribbon.

Workers from Lewes District Council will be on hand at the Mumford and Sons concert on 19 to 20 July to distribute 6,000 free bottles of water carrying the white ribbon logo.

A spokeswoman said: “The campaign highlights that domestic abuse is an issue that affects every community and promotes the variety of services and support available for all victims of domestic abuse.”

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8:18am Sun 14 Jul 13

mimseycal says...

Domestic abuse is a human tragedy. It is more an issue of personality type then gender though. Domestic abusers can be male or female. Victims can be male or female. It occurs in straight couples as well as same gender couples.

Domestic abuse can take place in various ways. Generally speaking the physical assault is but one form. And not always the first sign of abuse.

The main issues for the abuser are control and entitlement. Their control and their entitlement that is.
Domestic abuse is a human tragedy. It is more an issue of personality type then gender though. Domestic abusers can be male or female. Victims can be male or female. It occurs in straight couples as well as same gender couples. Domestic abuse can take place in various ways. Generally speaking the physical assault is but one form. And not always the first sign of abuse. The main issues for the abuser are control and entitlement. Their control and their entitlement that is. mimseycal
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8:51am Sun 14 Jul 13

monkeymoo says...

Cheyenne Dog Warrior wrote:
She should learn to STF UP! he tried to stop her incessant talking and **** he never hot her...pathetic...she has done a lot worse to him in the past. He held her ..not squeezed...held her by the throat..

The old story... now matter how attractive a woman is, how sexy, how desirable..so,done somewhere is getting sick to death of her sh1t

Charles Saatchi knew what she was when she came looking for him... Charles Saatchi has announced he is divorcing the celebrity chef, expressing disappointment that she failed to publicly defend him during the fallout over their public fight.

Saatchi, 70, a wealthy art collector and global ad agency co-founder, was pictured clutching Lawson by her throat at a London restaurant on 9 June, reported People magazine.

The incriminating People Magazine photograph
“I am sorry to announce that Nigella Lawson and I are getting divorced,” Saatchi said in a statement.

“I feel that I have clearly been a disappointment to Nigella during the last year or so, and I am disappointed that she was advised to make no public comment to explain that I abhor violence of any kind against women, and have never abused her physically in any way,” he added.

Saatchi downplays Nigella Lawson assault as 'playful tiff'
Saatchi cautioned over assault on Nigella Lawson
Two weeks after assault by husband, Nigella Lawson moves out
Saatchi was interviewed by British police for five hours and received a formal police citation, called a caution, which means he admitted his actions. The caution ended the matter with police.

But in his statement, Saatchi downplayed the fight with Lawson, 53, with whom he has been married for 10 years.

“This is heartbreaking for both of us as our love was very deep, but in the last year we have become estranged and drifted apart. The row photographed at Scott’s restaurant could equally have been Nigella grasping my neck to hold my attention as indeed she has done in the past,” the statement said. " I am disappointed in the extrem that she decided to make me the villain in the piece and have therefore decided to divorce her"


She is off to live in America so expect her to snare another multi millionaire connected husband...all sisters under the skin eh? Gurls
What an idiot you are!
[quote][p][bold]Cheyenne Dog Warrior[/bold] wrote: She should learn to STF UP! he tried to stop her incessant talking and **** he never hot her...pathetic...she has done a lot worse to him in the past. He held her ..not squeezed...held her by the throat.. The old story... now matter how attractive a woman is, how sexy, how desirable..so,done somewhere is getting sick to death of her sh1t Charles Saatchi knew what she was when she came looking for him... Charles Saatchi has announced he is divorcing the celebrity chef, expressing disappointment that she failed to publicly defend him during the fallout over their public fight. Saatchi, 70, a wealthy art collector and global ad agency co-founder, was pictured clutching Lawson by her throat at a London restaurant on 9 June, reported People magazine. The incriminating People Magazine photograph “I am sorry to announce that Nigella Lawson and I are getting divorced,” Saatchi said in a statement. “I feel that I have clearly been a disappointment to Nigella during the last year or so, and I am disappointed that she was advised to make no public comment to explain that I abhor violence of any kind against women, and have never abused her physically in any way,” he added. Saatchi downplays Nigella Lawson assault as 'playful tiff' Saatchi cautioned over assault on Nigella Lawson Two weeks after assault by husband, Nigella Lawson moves out Saatchi was interviewed by British police for five hours and received a formal police citation, called a caution, which means he admitted his actions. The caution ended the matter with police. But in his statement, Saatchi downplayed the fight with Lawson, 53, with whom he has been married for 10 years. “This is heartbreaking for both of us as our love was very deep, but in the last year we have become estranged and drifted apart. The row photographed at Scott’s restaurant could equally have been Nigella grasping my neck to hold my attention as indeed she has done in the past,” the statement said. " I am disappointed in the extrem that she decided to make me the villain in the piece and have therefore decided to divorce her" She is off to live in America so expect her to snare another multi millionaire connected husband...all sisters under the skin eh? Gurls[/p][/quote]What an idiot you are! monkeymoo
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9:07am Sun 14 Jul 13

Morpheus says...

It doesn't surprise me that abuse is on the increase. Every time I switch channels and happen on a soap all I seem to get is couples arguing. TV makes it entertainment.
It doesn't surprise me that abuse is on the increase. Every time I switch channels and happen on a soap all I seem to get is couples arguing. TV makes it entertainment. Morpheus
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10:12am Sun 14 Jul 13

Hoarder12345444 says...

No man is a real man if he hits a woman, end of. You are a coward.
No man is a real man if he hits a woman, end of. You are a coward. Hoarder12345444
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2:02pm Sun 14 Jul 13

mimseycal says...

Cheyenne Dog Warrior wrote:
Hoarder12345444 wrote:
No man is a real man if he hits a woman, end of. You are a coward.
Agreed! if you even allow her to provoke you to that stage or to step that far out of line that you have to resort to violence, you are weak and pathetic. A simple look, or shake of the head should be ample.
Ye gawds! That sounds like you are talking about a well trained dog rather then a woman.
[quote][p][bold]Cheyenne Dog Warrior[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hoarder12345444[/bold] wrote: No man is a real man if he hits a woman, end of. You are a coward.[/p][/quote]Agreed! if you even allow her to provoke you to that stage or to step that far out of line that you have to resort to violence, you are weak and pathetic. A simple look, or shake of the head should be ample.[/p][/quote]Ye gawds! That sounds like you are talking about a well trained dog rather then a woman. mimseycal
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4:33pm Sun 14 Jul 13

getThisCoalitionOut says...

No one should suffer at the hands of someone else. If you do then get out of the relationship.

Cheyenne Dog Warrior you are a disgrace and quite obviously a man. No person should ever be hurt whether it is from physical attack or verbal. Only a nasty piece of work would condone violence towards a woman.
No one should suffer at the hands of someone else. If you do then get out of the relationship. Cheyenne Dog Warrior you are a disgrace and quite obviously a man. No person should ever be hurt whether it is from physical attack or verbal. Only a nasty piece of work would condone violence towards a woman. getThisCoalitionOut
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10:46pm Sun 14 Jul 13

mimseycal says...

Cheyenne Dog Warrior wrote:
getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
No one should suffer at the hands of someone else. If you do then get out of the relationship.

Cheyenne Dog Warrior you are a disgrace and quite obviously a man. No person should ever be hurt whether it is from physical attack or verbal. Only a nasty piece of work would condone violence towards a woman.
TFTD 8/2/10: Gok Wan, as every Welsh-speaker knows, means ‘weak penis’ in Welsh.



TFTD 7/2/10: The great American crime novelist James Ellroy was the guest on Desert Island Discs a couple of weeks ago. In a spell-binding piece of radio, he described how the worst moment of his life was coming home to find his mother had been murdered, and how the unsolved murder has cast a terrible shadow over his life.

This week’s castaway was that berk Gok Wan. He described how the worst moment of his life was … having to style a fashion shoot for Bryan Ferry. His luxury item was lip-balm. He is, truly, a gigantic berk.
Off topic drivel APU
[quote][p][bold]Cheyenne Dog Warrior[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: No one should suffer at the hands of someone else. If you do then get out of the relationship. Cheyenne Dog Warrior you are a disgrace and quite obviously a man. No person should ever be hurt whether it is from physical attack or verbal. Only a nasty piece of work would condone violence towards a woman.[/p][/quote]TFTD 8/2/10: Gok Wan, as every Welsh-speaker knows, means ‘weak penis’ in Welsh. TFTD 7/2/10: The great American crime novelist James Ellroy was the guest on Desert Island Discs a couple of weeks ago. In a spell-binding piece of radio, he described how the worst moment of his life was coming home to find his mother had been murdered, and how the unsolved murder has cast a terrible shadow over his life. This week’s castaway was that berk Gok Wan. He described how the worst moment of his life was … having to style a fashion shoot for Bryan Ferry. His luxury item was lip-balm. He is, truly, a gigantic berk.[/p][/quote]Off topic drivel APU mimseycal
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5:29pm Mon 15 Jul 13

whereisthe...? says...

Thats not surprising - Brighton is full of spoilt psycho nutter women who think saying 'no you cant have a second Ferrari' is abuse...

Anyone 'moved' by what happened to Nigella deserves NO respect or anyones time...

This nasty piece of work LEFT her husband when he was DYING OF A TERMINAL ILLNESS, took up with a known piece of TORY sleaze (Saatchi) who works in advertising, doesnt deny ALSO PHYSICALLY ATTACKING HIM, and is the daughter of one of THATCHER'S worst cronies, Nigel Lawson who was responsible for the misery of MILLIONS.

Furthermore, rather than behaving like an ADULT and choosing to walk away - she IS a grown adult after all, she CHOSE to stay with this idiot. Therefore it is HER responsibility, she KNEW what he was like, and deserves whatever she got. Cant CRY WOLF when you choose to be in a bad situation even though you have endless alternatives!
Thats not surprising - Brighton is full of spoilt psycho nutter women who think saying 'no you cant have a second Ferrari' is abuse... Anyone 'moved' by what happened to Nigella deserves NO respect or anyones time... This nasty piece of work LEFT her husband when he was DYING OF A TERMINAL ILLNESS, took up with a known piece of TORY sleaze (Saatchi) who works in advertising, doesnt deny ALSO PHYSICALLY ATTACKING HIM, and is the daughter of one of THATCHER'S worst cronies, Nigel Lawson who was responsible for the misery of MILLIONS. Furthermore, rather than behaving like an ADULT and choosing to walk away - she IS a grown adult after all, she CHOSE to stay with this idiot. Therefore it is HER responsibility, she KNEW what he was like, and deserves whatever she got. Cant CRY WOLF when you choose to be in a bad situation even though you have endless alternatives! whereisthe...?
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