Chloe Robinson, 27, underwent a torrent of sickening abuse from her “cowardly” partner, and has urged fellow survivors to get help
Image: Chloe Robinson)
A brave woman who was stamped on by her boyfriend in a “campaign” of abuse has shared a powerful message to domestic abuse survivors.
Chloe Robinson, 27, underwent a torrent of sickening abuse from her “cowardly” partner Leon Richmond, and has urged fellow survivors to get help.
Chloe, from Bolton, Greater Manchester, says she’s now looking forward to getting on with her life after her abuser was jailed for 28 months.
On Friday, Chloe bravely appeared in Minshull Street Court to see Richmond put behind bars after he pleaded guilty to coercive and controlling behavior and common assault, the Manchester Evening News reports.
A court heard how Chloe was dragged by her hair, throttled and had her ribs stamped on after Richmond falsely accused her of sending intimate pictures to another man.
In another attack, Richmond poured Coca-Cola over her.
Chloe has since encouraged other women in similar positions to take action and seek help against abusive partners.
“Go ahead and do it,” she said. “It makes you a better person.
“Make sure you know about Clare’s Law. I can see the signs in everything [now]. With my friends, if they are going through it, I’m able to see it before it comes to them. I have got out through domestic violence workers.”
Clare’s Law – officially called the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme – allows police forces to disclose information to a potential victim and have a duty to protect members of the public from domestic abuse.
They can come from a police force’s obligation to tell a potential victim about a partner, or a request from a member of the public.
Richmond’s first attack on Chloe came when he “accused her of sending intimate pictures to another man, which she did not,” prosecutor David Farley said.
He added: “He strangled her and called her as***. He said she ‘brings it on herself’. He also dragged her around her by her hair.
“She went to the bathroom, where he was trying to choke her and he stamped on her ribs.”
Defending Richmond, who appeared in Minshull Street Crown Court via video link from Forest Bank prison on Friday, Rachel White said: “There appears to be some genuine remorse.
“The defendant appears to have matured somewhere. He has undertaken a course to address violence to address the issues he has with his temper.”
However, Judge Edwards told Richmond that his best mitigation was admitting his offenses, describing his actions as “cowardly”.
Sentencing Richmond, of Victoria Grove, Bolton, he said: “Leon Richmond, you are still only 26 and for a young man at that age to look at your record and to look at what you did to Chloe is alarming, to say the least .
“Your best mitigation is that you pleaded guilty and did not put Chloe through it.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.