TV presenter Ruth Dodsworth says publicizing the abuse ‘was the best thing’

TV presenter Ruth Dodsworth said her story of domestic violence made public was the “best thing” as she was able to speak out to help others.

The ITV weather anchor thanked people for “listening” after appearing on This Morning after her husband Jonathan Wignall, 54, was jailed for three years for coercive and controlling behavior and stalking.

She said on social media: “If you can relate. If you are going through a similar situation. This is for you. Thank you for listening. The help is here.”

Speaking to presenters Rochelle Humes and Phillip Schofield, Ruth said her story going public was “something I never saw coming” as details of her case and the victim impact statement came out when her husband has been condemned.

“In a way, this has been the most difficult time, but – because this decision to go public has always been taken away from me – it is the best thing in hindsight that has ever happened,” she said. declared.

Ruth said getting through this morning was one of the hardest things she’s ever done

The presenter, who has been on screen for 25 years, also shared how she believed her life was saved when her children called her to urge her not to come home because Wignall threatened to kill her.

Ms Dodworth suffered physical and mental abuse from her 18-year-old husband, including a broken rib and showing up at her workplace, which she said escalated when her box business night failed.

She said that at the height of the abuse, her children called her and said, “Mom, don’t come home – he’s going to kill you,” which she said was “a turning point.”

“One day he started drinking early in the day and when the kids got home from school they called me, warning me not to come home, saying he was going to kill me” , did she say.

“It was a turning point. I didn’t go home and I think if I did, I don’t think I would be here today in any form. I wouldn’t be alive if I didn’t ask. no I had to confide in someone else saying if I didn’t call the police they would. “

Ruth Dodsworth and Jonathan Wignall on their wedding day in Cowbridge
Ruth Dodsworth and Jonathan Wignall on their wedding day in Cowbridge

Last week a court heard how Wignall’s nine-year control nature had a ‘devastating impact’ on Ms Dodsworth and even affected her career as a presenter at ITV Wales after her continued harassment affected Her confidence.

There is help and support for victims of abuse.

Support is available in Welsh and English and most of the time is there 24 hours a day.

In an emergency, call 999, but there are a number of support agencies to help you:

Fearless Live Phone Support – 24 Hour Support

Confidential support and information for anyone experiencing sexual violence, domestic violence or violence against women in Wales, as well as family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf. Telephone support available in Welsh, English and all other languages.

Free number T: 0808 8010800

Talk about type: 1800108088010800

E: [email protected]

24/7 text assistance: 078600 77333

24/7 Live Chat:

24 hour Bawso hotline

Provide specialized services to BME communities.

T: 0800 731 8147 W:

Suzy Lamplugh Trust National Stalking Helpline

Advice and help if you are a victim of criminal harassment.

T-free number: 0808 802 0300


The charity operates a national 24-hour domestic abuse helpline

Free number T: 0808 2000247

NSPCC FGM Helpline

Call the FGM helpline if you are concerned that a child is at risk or has undergone FGM.

T: 0800 028 3550 E: [email protected]

Forced Marriage Unit Helpline

Advice and support for victims of forced marriage.

T: 020 7008 0151

Hotline for Modern Slavery

To report a suspicion, get help, or ask for advice or information.

T: 0800 0121700 W:

Respect the telephone line

For anyone concerned about their violence and / or abuse towards a partner or ex-partner

T: 0808 802 4040 E: [email protected] W:

In a statement read to the court, Ms Dodsworth, 45, said she should portray a ‘happy and sun-like’ personality on television when she feels the opposite inside.

A Cardiff Crown Court sentencing hearing learned that Wignall was arrested on October 18, 2019, after her behavior reached a critical point after calling her more than 150 times during the day and Ms Dodsworth had not returned to the family home in Cowbridge out of fear for her. security.

Jonathan Wignall, 54, was jailed for controlling and coercive behavior towards his ex-wife Ruth Dodsworth
Jonathan Wignall, 54, was jailed for controlling and coercive behavior towards his ex-wife Ruth Dodsworth

She also told presenters that her job made it harder to speak up because “you are expected to smile and be happy and sometimes it couldn’t have been further from the truth.”

She added, “My case is one of many and I am so lucky to have received this platform and use this public arena.

“Not being believed was something I really feared, but I was believed and I would tell anyone that you will too.

For confidential advice, contact the Suzy Lamplugh Trust National Hotline on 0808 802 0300 and Byw heb Ofn / Live Fear Free on 0808 8010800.

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