Jeremy Kyle was forced to stand up for one of his guests after he admitted being the victim of domestic abuse and the audience laughed at him.
The chat show host rounded on the sniggering studio as guest Geoff recalled the details of the abuse he had suffered at the hands of his ex-girlfriend, Danni.
“It was violent from her side. It is a bit embarrassing to admit it,” Geoff admitted, as he told the audience about an incident where Danni locked him on a balcony and he was forced to jump three stories to escape her.
“I ended up in hospital and I cut all my arm and back open.”
The audience seemed to find the idea of a man being afraid of a violent, cheating and abusive woman comical and began to laugh before host Kyle stepped in.
“It’s not funny though, is it?” he said to the audience. “I don’t want to upset anyone in the audience but if a woman was sat here and a bloke had locked her in a flat and she’d been forced to jump out and injure herself you lot would not be laughing.
“You would be saying he is a total nightmare, he should be locked up and this is disgraceful. Just because it happened to a bloke it is not funny.”
While incidences of domestic violence are overwhelmingly committed by men against women, there are thousands of male victims in the UK.
According to the ManKind Initiative, a domestic violence charity, for every three victims of domestic abuse two are female and one is male and in 2013/4 three per cent of men experienced partner abuse – that’s around 500,000 men.
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