Behind Closed Doors (BAFTA AWARD NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY) | Real Stories

  • Published on Sep 7, 2016
  • With unprecedented access to the Thames Valley Police Domestic Abuse Teams, and the victims of violence they are helping, Behind Closed Doors gives an extraordinary insight into the most common violent crime to take place in the home.
    Shot over 12 months, and starting from the moment an emergency call is received, the film follows three brave women who each waive their right to anonymity to show how insidious and terrifying domestic abuse can be. The complex emotions involved when someone you love becomes violent are also exposed, and the difficulties for police when those feelings mean victims are not completely honest.
    With an unfolding, present tense narrative, the film also exposes the lack of consistency in terms of the length of sentence given to offenders. When the Police repeatedly take one perpetrator to court only to have magistrates release him again and again, the film demonstrates how the huge ordeal of going to court for these victims of domestic abuse does not mean that, in their eyes, justice will automatically follow.
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  • Krystal Cameron
    Krystal Cameron 17 hours ago

    Helen is wearing rings on her marriage’s worrying...

  • Dee Wright
    Dee Wright 2 days ago +1

    You beautiful brave women 💗

  • John
    John 2 days ago

    Always 2 sides to a story

  • Shaun Swan
    Shaun Swan 2 days ago

    People that beat their spouses and partners are the same as pedophiles to me. Irredeemable and should not be allowed any chances to reoffend.

  • XO Pi
    XO Pi 4 days ago

    My brother picked me up once and threw me against the wall. Everything went black and I went after him with a butcher knoife. Took three people to pull me off. I’m 5’3” 119 lbs. i always begged every man I was with never to lay a hand on me because I’d kill him and I’m terrified of prison. I’d either kill him right then or I’d poison him and I don’t want to lose my freedom. My first husband on our last day raised his hand to me and I just looked at him and he walked away. These bullies know who to hit and who not to hit. I hate bullies more than anything in the world. I love a fair fight but I’ve never hurt anyone smaller or weaker than I am. I wish I was a big man I’d beat the bully right out of these losers.

  • Saul Luis
    Saul Luis 6 days ago

    In the future if I have a daughter if her boyfriend EVER EVER *EVER* laid a finger on her they would never see the light of day again😂

  • Saul Luis
    Saul Luis 6 days ago

    Every “man” who hits women isn’t a man at all they’re an insecure boy

    GREY DEATH 7 days ago

    55:20 rockin the super saiyan 3 wig

    GREY DEATH 7 days ago +1

    I hope these guys get moved on in jail, I've done time and theres a reason why we "move on people" like this here in California, full on removal, stabbings, the whole 9

    GREY DEATH 7 days ago +1

    I didn't think this would get to me but my mom from when I was 2 to 10 was married to my "stepdad" who was abusive, lets just say we were free when she left him and I was young, now 24, and if he was to cross my path ever again he will regret ever meeting us in the first place

  • Mr. Ryan Kennedy
    Mr. Ryan Kennedy 8 days ago

    When the turned that camera to Sabrina when they responded I started to cry. When she turned to the blood on the wall I just couldn’t. I want to hug this woman so much.

  • Caroline Watson
    Caroline Watson 10 days ago

    I feel so sorry for Helen 😥. She still loves him and she will have contact with him again.

  • Marie C
    Marie C 12 days ago

    It would seriously hurt me to be a first responder and to see sabrina Brused and Bloody like she was . I'd want to kill him

  • MamaBear 58
    MamaBear 58 13 days ago +1

    HELAN!! OH MY GOD I WANT TO SHAKE YOU!! Stop meeting up with him!!

  • Sonnie Johnson
    Sonnie Johnson 14 days ago

    Gosh, I've been abused in so many ways..narcissist abuse,verbal abuse, sociopathic abuse and even physical abuse ..but physical abuse was the easiest to walk from in my case. Maybe because it was so blatant and easy to see that this guy was out to physically hurt me!

  • Sarah B
    Sarah B 19 days ago +1

    Lawrence and Dwayne both need a fxcken bullet

  • nicola parkes
    nicola parkes 21 day ago

    That silly silly woman still seeing that thug Lawrence and pretending she wasn't !!!!!! Caught out by police woman helping her , fool!!! I feel sorry for her poor son

  • Sandis Str
    Sandis Str 22 days ago

    Wrap my hands around and try again? You are putting yourself into grave.

  • Angel Face
    Angel Face 25 days ago

    Beautiful caring dog. I pray the dog will live a long life. I will give the pet a hug.

  • Ken Ell
    Ken Ell 26 days ago

  • Ken Ell
    Ken Ell 26 days ago +1

    Only woman what about the men that are abused?

  • TheSavageRebellion1996
    TheSavageRebellion1996 26 days ago +1

    Just remember, there is always two sides of every story.

  • Mary Star
    Mary Star Month ago

    13:40 Talk goes on about Sabrina remembering the good side of her abuser.
    That is exactly what happens to victims that end up taking them back.
    My advice is have any photographs of one's beaten face/body, placed where one can look at them, that should serve as a reminder why the abuser must never be taken back. That is what my mom did. Everytime she started to get sentimental and started reminiscing about those so called good old days, all it took was a couple of minutes looking at her battered face to bring her back to reality.

  • Ronda Doolin
    Ronda Doolin Month ago

    The dog is TRAUMATIZED listen to the dog crying

  • Paul Smith
    Paul Smith Month ago

    This woman makes it bad for other woman no he shouldn't hit her no woman should be hit but this woman makes it bad for other ladies .

  • harpsailor harp
    harpsailor harp Month ago

    I urge any women to get help with this... get up go to womens refuge centre ...the police can put you in contact with them x x Its anonymous and you will be protected and safe xx

  • Ocyla
    Ocyla Month ago

    Wow that dude jumped to another country and got released immediately? wtf?

  • arkanasays
    arkanasays Month ago +1

    When you are living in a diferrent country than your family, and you undergo physical and mental torture, not knowing where to go, who to turn to knowing noone being a stranger yourself to the country, it is one of the most harrowing experiences..and i have been through this.

  • Chris Wolfrum
    Chris Wolfrum Month ago

    All these women " im a victim im a victim.... its mental illness

  • April Dorsey
    April Dorsey Month ago +1

    Wow I can feel there pain leaving recently an abusive marriage it's almost unbelievable

  • Gina Repetto
    Gina Repetto Month ago

    Violence is males" biggest issue

  • Thierce Lieux
    Thierce Lieux Month ago

    Castration for these kind of people.

  • Kimberley Wheeler
    Kimberley Wheeler Month ago

    The poor Dog is scared ,this is so sad it needs a better life also

  • Kynlee Huemiller
    Kynlee Huemiller Month ago +1

    This brought me to tears. That poor woman. That man ohhhhhh I cannot even put into words how angry I am.....6 hours.....of completely torture and not to mention the emotional roller coaster

  • david james
    david james Month ago

    Not all victims are women

  • Proloop Under
    Proloop Under 2 months ago +1

    80% of bitches deserved it

  • David Choate
    David Choate 2 months ago

    Ive begged a man to kill me before...
    I never called myself a victim
    I still don't think i am
    But i still have bruises and cuts
    Hes amazing but terrible at the same time

  • French Eltsac
    French Eltsac 2 months ago +2

    I remember when i was a child when my mom and dad had an argument it always ended up beating my mum. worst is when he was drunk his like a devil has possessed him. it was a nightmare to me, i couldnt sleep well at night, when i was a child i stay all night coz i thought that he was going to kill my mom. I cry at night for that and i couldn't tell my mom that his beating me too when i make a tiny mistake. One time when my dad beat my mom on the brink of death and her head over pale full of water and his hitting her back with a chair. I couldnt scream i was so shocked and its breaking my heart when i can grip into reality i hit my dad with a chair in his foot so that i could save my mom. After that, the neighbors came to our house and interrupt him and my mom was saved and i runaway from home after that. I stay at my grandmas house for a while then my dad fence and handed back to our house then my mom was fine and after years and years of abuse. Im happy that my dad and my mom separated.

  • Simon Kindell
    Simon Kindell 2 months ago

    Don't get the justice in that country. Makes my blood boil!! Police smiley jokey to the monsters asking, "You alright?" Absolutely lost for words. Gritting my teeth watching this!

    NICK DUFFY 2 months ago

    Some real hard men on this

  • Ronda Doolin
    Ronda Doolin 2 months ago

    The POOR DOG in the 1st story is sooooo TRAUMATIZED

  • Brooks Dezan
    Brooks Dezan 2 months ago +1

    Change your locks, get video surveillance, kick paul out and heal your soul💖

  • Patsy Dawes
    Patsy Dawes 2 months ago

    Last comment ppl. B 4 I even stared watching these vids. I depicted whT was going to happen and how the law ,courts and the abuser would ply out, I'm ashamed to say that I was rit!

  • Patsy Dawes
    Patsy Dawes 2 months ago +1

    See??? This is wht im saying...hardly any time 4 whT he did. Lady's???? Do whT i did. Get ur self a 357mag. Protect ur self by any means poss. Crack ur door let the barrel meet him b. Tween tha eyes!!! U wnt hav any mor troubles wit them.

    • Banana
      Banana 2 months ago

      This is the UK where it is nigh on impossible to get handguns and difficult to get shotguns even. To be licensed the police interview you and want to know what you want a gun for and whether you have a proper locked gun cabinet and your doctor is also contacted to ensure that you are sane.

  • Patsy Dawes
    Patsy Dawes 2 months ago

    The law and s.s.wrks say the women stay or go bac cuz they love the men. That's not the reason. The reason is becuz the women no the law can't protect em and the majority of the time the courts dnt jail the men, so the beating is much not worse ,even killing the women! That's the biggest reason the recant or not report!!!!!! Papers and a lit jail time isn't a deterrent!!!!!

  • Gina2190
    Gina2190 2 months ago +1

    schools need to educate young girls on what you accept and do not accept from men. The warning signs of domestic violence and stalking etc. There are always signs, us girls ignore to our peril, ive had two domestc violence relationships both when i was younger, i would NEVER accept it now ! schools need to teach awareness / bounderies and confidence etc as often victims like myself were young and lacked confidence. I just did not know what to do and had no family support. my dad said when he heard i was getting beaten up at age 18 "she made her bed let her lie in it " comming from a father who hit and bullied me too im not that suprised i ended up in domestic violence , see men seek out like preditors their prey and us women need to know what support is avalailable and to be able to spot it before it gets bad , if you have a kind family ( i never) then dont let your man stop you seeing them, its a red flag hes a control freak who wants you on your own. lastly get self defence classes, let your man know you can and will protect yoursef i wish i had done.

  • Sarah C.
    Sarah C. 2 months ago

    Hello to all... If you could please click on this link for my GoFundMe, this is not spam I'm a real person, my name is Sarah and I don't do social media anymore as a result of some very negative comments and feedback concerning my case.if anyone could find it in their heart to please read my story you have no idea what a difference it would make... Feel free to contact me with any questions... God bless.

  • Christina Shappy
    Christina Shappy 2 months ago +1

    In Canada the RCMP charge the abuser and the victim has absolutely no say in charges being dropped.. which is how is should be.. so sad

  • simone joubert
    simone joubert 3 months ago +1

    I hope the dog has been removed and put in better care.

  • Phyllis Pollack
    Phyllis Pollack 3 months ago

    It’s not just that they beat women that’s interesting, but what they do afterwards. And what they don’t do. They don’t feel any guilt, they don’t say, “Christ I need help.”
    They are remorseless and they lie. And they always make themselves sound like the one that is the hero. While dissing the girl, claiming she’s a junkie or crazy or whatever.
    As far as the lady talking about getting all the texts from the guy beating her up, I think she’s really selfish that she didn’t put her son first. She should have left the guy a long time ago. It shouldn’t be you have your kid take care of you and keep calling the police. That kid is going to grow up screwed up now, thinking it’s his job to take it on everyone else’s responsibilities. What a terrible mother.
    Sabrina think she’s in love with that animal, but she doesn’t know she’s just trauma bonded.
    They need to have better psychiatric help for the victims.
    It is great they have the programs over there to help victims.
    In America, it’s a joke.
    Victim hotlines in America are a scam.

  • Cheryl Reuter
    Cheryl Reuter 3 months ago

    Omg, he’s Psychotic

  • Cheryl Reuter
    Cheryl Reuter 3 months ago

    Just because it was so bad they referred it to domestic abuse counsel. Don’t they refer all cases of domestic abuse no matter how bad they are.

  • Oscar Sauce
    Oscar Sauce 3 months ago

    You've got to love the UK justice system

  • liberal slayer
    liberal slayer 3 months ago

    Sells a dime bag, to jail you go for 25 years.
    Beats partner with no remorse. To jail you go for 6 months !!!
    Sounds as if British justice is as bad our justice system in the US.

  • david bardsley
    david bardsley 3 months ago

    Judge put her at risk really...... stop meeting up with him

  • God's Amazing Grace
    God's Amazing Grace 3 months ago +2

    Co-dependency keeps the abused stuck with their abusers!

  • God's Amazing Grace
    God's Amazing Grace 3 months ago

    emotional and psychological abuse manifesting in verbal and physical abuse

  • God's Amazing Grace
    God's Amazing Grace 3 months ago

    this is evil darkness and demonic !!
    Intense hatred !!

  • lily morry
    lily morry 3 months ago +1

    I am broken hearted watching this. I feel the women's pain and desperation. The Bible says this...
    Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 peter 5:8. Many people don't think he exists, but he does.
    Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants. 2 Timothy 2:26.
    I wish everyone here to escape and go on and live loving nurtured lives away from this abuse. Please place your faith in Jesus Christ by believing the gospel message.
    13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:13.

  • leticia dawson
    leticia dawson 3 months ago

    The dog.. 💔