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Brave woman who was abused by her husband speaks out after he is jailed for coercive and controlling behaviour

Brave woman who was abused by her husband speaks out after he is jailed for coercive and controlling behaviour

The wife of a man jailed for coercive and controlling behaviour has spoken about the abuse she suffered to inspire others to come forward.

Natalie Brunsden, 38, had been with Adam Brunsden, 35, of Hare Bridge Crescent, Ingatestone, since 2012 and told officers how she was verbally and mentally abused throughout their relationship.

She recalled how the abuse started two years into their relationship and that she would often be bullied by him and was scared of his large appearance and unpredictable behaviour.

They married in 2016 and she recalled how the abuse escalated, including demands on her financially. 
Other abuse she reported to police in July this year were his threats of violence and self-harm.

We carried out an investigation and arrested Brunsden on July 11. He was charged with engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour, which he admitted at Basildon Crown Court on Friday, August 10.

He was jailed for two years and made subject of an indefinite restraining order when he was sentenced at the same court yesterday, Wednesday, October 3.

Natalie said: " I hope this sentence gives people the confidence to speak up about domestic violence and abuse.

"It’s not acceptable to live in fear of your life and there is never an excuse for this behaviour, ever. It’s does not get better, it gets worse.

"With the support of Essex Police and Women’s Aid, I’m starting to rebuild my life. I would like to thank them for their support and help."

Investigating officer DC Georgette Beckett said: “Natalie was in a verbally and mentally abusive relationship and lived with it while making excuses for his behaviour.

“She was off work with depression and eventually had enough strength to leave the relationship and call police. 

“When Brunsden was arrested, I worked hard to gain a remand and a charge for coercive and controlling behaviour as the evidence was so strong.

“Natalie’s actions and bravery by speaking out shows her strength of character. I hope the sentenced handed to Brunsden offers justice to her.”

If you have experienced coercive and controlling behaviour or have concerns for a someone who may be experiencing this, call us on 101 or report information online at

Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at

For more advice about domestic abuse please visit


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