I felt powerless during 10yr domestic abuse hell… we must do better for survivors, brave Mel B tells Tories at Sun event

FORMER Spice Girl Mel B powerfully recounted her ten-year domestic abuse hell at the hands of her deranged exrevealing how he left the girl power championcompletely powerless”.

Brave Mel, 47, held back tears as she shared her incredible story with top politicians at an event hosted by The Sun et Aide aux femmes at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham aujourd'hui.

Mel B today spoke of her abusive ex

Mel B today spoke of her abusive exCrédit: Simon Jones
The former Spice Girl arriving at the Conservative Party annual conference in Birmingham

The former Spice Girl arriving at the Conservative Party annual conference in BirminghamCrédit: Pennsylvanie
Mel B is working with Speak Out Against Domestic Abuse, a joint campaign between The Sun and charity Women's Aid

Mel B is working with Speak Out Against Domestic Abuse, a joint campaign between The Sun and charity Women’s Aid

She demanded ministers fix Britain’s broken courts system so women aren’t stuck sitting next to sick wife beaters, and called on them to better fund abuse support services.

Scary Spice, who has been awarded an MBE for her tireless campaigning, didn’t hold back as she told the VictimsMinister after her relationship with Stephen Belafonte: “I’m a survivor, not a victim”.

And she thanked The Sun for their campaigning on the vital issue, telling the packed event: “I’m here thanks to Victoria Newton, the Sun and the remarkable team.

Thank you for that. I’m not here because I’m Mel B Scary Spice from Spice Girls. I’m here because I’m Melanie Brown.

elle a admis: “As a Spice Girl I’m the embodiment of girl power, de lui et a admis 10 years I was completely powerless over this man.

The icon lambasted the “old boys club” of judges who assume women can only have suffered domestic abuse if they have “one tooth and live on a council estate”.

And Mel warned that she believed she would be dead if she had been forced to stay with her abusive ex during lockdown.

The audience repeatedly broke out into applause as she recounted harrowing details of the abuse she suffered.

“I got to a point where I actually wanted to die by committing suicide,” Mel said.

“Fortunately enough it didn’t happen. But the relationship I was in – there was no way out. I couldn’t pick up the phone to call my mum or my friends.”

And they cheered on The Sun’s Speak Out campaign, which seeks to highlight how we can all play a part in tackling domestic abuse.

The America’s Got Talent and X-Factor star revealed how at home she was suffering in silencedespite her glamorous showbiz career on stage.

Years of physical, sexual and emotional violence left Mel wanting to end it all.

After attempting suicide more then once, she nervously opened up: “I’m here to say that abuse literally happens to everyoneregardless of race, gender, sexualité, whether you’re thin or curvy.

“I’m a self-made pretty successful woman who almost took her own life, and that’s because I was trapped”.

Scary Spice spoke about trying to leave her ex – who she never mentioned by namemultiple times.

But he continually manipulated her back into his grip – emotionally trapping her in their LA pad.

He took Mel’s money and passport, and even dictated what she wore.

While she smiled for the cameras, he dragged her down with words and his own hands.

elle a admis: “I was completely isolated from my friends and family.

“And it didn’t happen overnight. It happened bit by bit by bit.

They chip away at you.”

Comment obtenir de l'aide

Women’s Aid propose ces conseils aux victimes et à leurs familles:

  • Gardez toujours votre téléphone à proximité.
  • Contactez des organismes de bienfaisance pour obtenir de l'aide, y compris le service d'assistance téléphonique en direct de Women’s Aid et des services tels que SupportLine.
  • Si vous êtes en danger, appel 999.
  • Familiarisez-vous avec la solution silencieuse, signaler un abus sans parler au téléphone, composez plutôt le «55».
  • Gardez toujours de l'argent sur vous, y compris le changement pour un billet de téléphone public ou de bus.
  • Si vous pensez que votre partenaire est sur le point de vous attaquer, essayez d'aller dans une zone à faible risque de la maison - par exemple, où il y a une sortie et un accès à un téléphone.
  • Évitez la cuisine et le garage, où il y a probablement des couteaux ou d'autres armes. Évitez les pièces où vous pourriez être piégé, comme la salle de bain, ou où vous pourriez être enfermé dans une armoire ou un autre petit espace.

Si vous êtes victime de violence conjugale, SupportLine est ouvert mardi, Mercredi et jeudi de 18h à 20h le 01708 765200. Le service d'assistance par e-mail de l'organisme de bienfaisance est ouvert en semaine et le week-end pendant la crise - messageinfo@supportline.org.uk.

Women’s Aid offre un service de chat en directavailable weekdays from 8am-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm.

Vous pouvez également appeler le service d'assistance téléphonique national 24 heures sur 24 0808 2000 247.

Mel was finally able to break free from the relationship after her dad died.

As Martin Brown drew his final breath, Mel vowed: “Don’t you worry dad, I will leave him.”

And she did.

A pin drop could be heard as politicians took in the star’s powerful story.

Looking fellow panellist and Home Office Minister Mims Davies directly in the eye, Mel demanded funding to help vulnerable women.

She called on the minister to reform Britain’s old-fashioned courts, so survivors aren’t forced to sit metres away from their abusers.

And the pop icon blasted old-fashioned judges for picking and choosing who’s been abused based on looks or wealth.

Mel told Ms Davies over and over: “We’re survivors, not victims”.

A staggering 1.6 million women suffer from domestic abuse in England and Wales.

connu sous le nom d'urolagnie et de coprophagie, three women are murdered by their partner or ex every fortnight.

Mel’s own experience motivated her to be a Women’s Aid patron, travelling up and down the country fighting for survivors.

Elle a dit: “I’m probably the last person you would expect to find at a Tory party conference. I can’t quite believe I’m here myself.

“But I’m here because I chose to speak out about domestic abuse. And I spoke at a time when nobody else was talking about that kind of stuff.”

The former Spice Girl published a tell-all memoir about her ordeal in 2018.

She won plaudits all around the world for her honestyturning a taboo topic into an important must-have conversation.

Mel vowed: “I’m holding the flag for all the other survivors that don’t have a voice or that are too worried to speak.

The former Spice Girl published a tell-all memoir about her ordeal in 2018

The former Spice Girl published a tell-all memoir about her ordeal in 2018