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Controlling and coercive boyfriend slammed girlfriend’s hand in car door, breaking finger

A frightened girlfriend was forced to seek help from strangers after her controlling and violent boyfriend broke her finger – by slamming a car door on her hand.

Simon Williams, aged 35 and from Cecil Road, Erdington, also subjected the victim to other violence as well as making her life a misery and destroying her self-confidence.

The thug has now been jailed for three years and two months after admitting inflicting grievous bodily harm, assault, using controlling and coercive behaviour, common assault and intimidation.

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Andrew Wallace, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said that Williams had previously been given a suspended sentence in 2011 for assaulting his partner.

On February 22 2019 they had an argument in their stationary car after a night out at the bingo.

Williams began punching her body and face before his victim managed to open the passenger door, but he pulled her back in. He then went round to her side of the vehicle and slammed the door shut on her hand, fracturing her finger.

The victim managed to flee to a nearby address and cowered in the porch before the couple living there told Williams to go away.

On August 25 the thug attacked his partner at a family gathering. He grabbed her by the hair and then pushed her down the stairs, causing her head to hit a radiator.

He was later bailed by the police but turned up at her home in the early hours, demanding the keys to a car. When she refused he punched her in the face causing a black eye.

On June 21 2020, after sending her text messages, Williams had gone again to his former partner’s address with another person who had kicked the door.

In a statement the woman said that she had met Williams while at a low ebb and he had taken advantage of that.

“He alienated me from friends and family and put me down. I felt I had no worth,” she said.

She said that he had even forced her out of bed and to sleep downstairs

In passing sentence recorder Charles Thomas Williams told: “Your behavior to your partner, the woman who had shared a significant part of her life with you, was nothing short of appalling.

“You used serious violence towards her. It had the effect of intimidating her not only when she was with you but when she was not.

“She was so frightened she had to take refuge by cowering in the door of a nearby house of complete strangers. That, perhaps, epitomizes the effect you had on her.

“She described the effect of your behavior, feeling a lack of self worth, a lack of self confidence by the end of the relationship.

Domestic violence or abuse can happen to anyone – find out how and where to get help.

In the West Midlands contact Women’s Aid Birmingham and Solihull or call the confidential helpline on 0808 800 0028.

Advice from the NHS says that if you are at risk of domestic abuse or violence you can:

The Survivor’s Handbook from the charity Women’s Aid is free, and provides information for women on a wide range of issues, such as housing, money, helping your children, and your legal rights.

Men can also email info@mensadviceline.org.uk, which can refer men to local places that can help, such as health services and voluntary organisations.

For forced marriage and “honour” crimes, contact Karma Nirvana (0800 5999 247) or The Forced Marriage Unit (020 7008 0151).

Galop provides support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experiencing domestic violence.

Anyone who needs confidential help with their own abusive behavior can contact Respect on their free helpline on 0808 802 4040.

“You undermined her with put downs. You would control who she saw and check what she was doing during the course of the day.

“You used multiple methods to control her. It had a significant effect on the victim.

“You effectively destroyed her self confidence.”

Lisa Hancox, defending, said of Williams: “He has finally realized their relationship is at an end.

“Their relationship was toxic. It wasn’t a healthy one.”

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