It’s half previous three on a Tuesday afternoon and a person is sobbing on the cellphone to a stranger. He says he has been accused of holding a knife to his accomplice’s throat and is awaiting trial on an assault cost. He has misplaced his home, has not seen his youngsters in months and he has referred to as this helpline, operated by Respect, a charity that works with perpetrators of home abuse, as a result of he has nowhere else to show.
“I’m making an attempt to be a person. I don’t speak to anybody. I’m so confused,” he sobs down the cellphone. For the victims of abuse this may be probably the most harmful second — when the one who has been hurting them has nothing left to lose.