Loose Women’s Brenda Edwards has revealed she was contacted by the police not long after she shared her story of domestic abuse on the ITV programme.
The 52-year-old presenter opened up about being a survivor of domestic abuse during an appearance in September and disclosed on today’s show that the Metropolitan Police checked in on her after she spoke up.
‘I was shocked and surprised when they got in touch,’ Brenda said.
Fellow panelist Nadia Sawalha commented: ‘You were so brave and it’s not easy to talk about.’
‘I just want to say thank you to the people who did get in touch to share their stories. Just talking helps,’ Brenda added.
Brenda bravely detailed the abuse she suffered at the hands of a former partner.
Brenda Edwards opened up about her domestic abuse ordeal in September (Picture: Rex)
‘By the first punch, I loved him,’ she said at the time. ‘I was in love with him.’
She continued: ‘I found myself asking “What have I done to deserve this?” I literally found myself talking to myself. That’s a sign you’re not in yourself.’
Detailing one incident of physical assault over an argument about an apple pie, mum-of-two Brenda said: ‘He started strangling me. It was the strangling that made me say: “I have to get out of this.”
‘But I didn’t know how to. I hadn’t spoken to any of my family.
‘I thought, if I speak to my family, they’re going to get involved and this is going to get even uglier. ‘Then I’ll be blaming myself for something else.’
On today’s Loose Women, Brenda encouraged victims there is ‘light at the end of the tunnel.’
‘There is a path out there to safety – and I’m living proof,’ she added.
Domestic violence helpline
If you are in immediate danger call 999. If you cannot talk, dial 55 and the operator will respond.
For emotional support, you can contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247. Alternatively, you can email Women’s Aid on [email protected]
For free and confidential advice and support for women in London affected by abuse, you can call Solace on 0808 802 5565 or email [email protected]
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on UITV.