Hampshire Constabulary is praising the courage of a domestic abuse survivor in speaking out to help give strength to others facing similar experiences
Gale Marmoy, who is known as Dawn, is re-building her life after years of abuse from her husband. He is now serving a 10-year prison sentence.
Michael John Gregory, aged 77, was convicted at Portsmouth Crown Court on May 2, 2014 after pleading guilty to assaulting Dawn at their home on the Isle of Wight on October 26, 2013.
Dawn Marmoy's substantial injuries and Michael Gregory’s behaviour at home shortly after the assault were recorded on Body-Worn Video (BWV) cameras by two police constables who responded to a 999 call from Dawn.
One of the experienced police officers who attended the scene that night (Saturday, October 26, 2013) described how he had never seen injuries as serious as those suffered by Dawn Marmoy.
Dawn, aged in her 60s, spoke about her experiences this evening (Monday, December 8) in an interview recorded and broadcast for a BBC Panorama programme about domestic abuse.
Speaking with Hampshire Constabulary earlier this year, Dawn urged other domestic abuse victims to speak out about the actions of offenders:
“You’ve got a life, and you deserve that life. These people make you feel worthless, completely useless; that’s not true. They deserve the punishment, you don’t, but until you tell someone, or say it’s ‘got to stop’, it will carry on. Do what you’ve got to do, but do it sooner than I did it.
“The last time he was punching me, I thought ‘this is it’, you’re going to die tonight. I was thinking of my children, my grandchildren. He just meant to do me harm, which he did, but I didn’t realise how much harm, I was terrified.
“They could see the emotion of how frightened I was. If they (police) had left that night and that camera wasn’t on, and it had been a little bit later, they wouldn’t have found me as they did, they would have found a body.”
Hampshire Constabulary’s lead on tackling domestic abuse, Detective Superintendent Ben Snuggs said:
“The effects of domestic abuse can be profound and persistent for the survivors, their families and the wider community.
“We have the utmost respect and admiration for Dawn Marmoy and her decision to speak out and give strength to encourage other victims not to suffer in silence.
“Hampshire Constabulary is dedicated to supporting survivors like Dawn to ensure they have trust and confidence in reporting their experiences to police.
“This case provides a graphic insight into the power of Body-Worn Video (BWV) as an independent witness that captures crucial early evidence in an investigation.
“The force is committed to being caring, transparent and tenacious in its pursuit of offenders and protection of victims.”
Simon Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, comments:
"Dawn Marmoy has shown real courage in coming forward to talk about her experience of living in an abusive relationship. We know she is not on her own in suffering the effects of domestic abuse. I thank her for sharing her story so others are encouraged to come forward and get the support they need.
"I fully support the positive work of Hampshire Constabulary is doing to improve outcome for victims of domestic abuse. I encourage innovative approaches that help protect victims and reduce any further stress and trauma when their case enters the criminal justice system, which can be hugely daunting and demanding, and Body Worn Video can play a crucial role here. Through my commissioning work, I am working closely with partners who specialise in supporting victims of domestic abuse to improve services across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, including funding community outreach services and independent domestic violence advocates (IDVAs)."
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If you or someone you know has been the victim of domestic abuse or violence, you do not have to put up with it. Help is available. Speak out today.
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Notes to editors:
Journalists are asked to respect the privacy of Dawn Marmoy at this time. Contact Hampshire Constabulary’s Corporate Communications Department first with any queries or requests for information. Telephone 101 and ask for extension 79 – 3337 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Body-Worn Video evidence and some of the accompanying comments in this media release can be viewed on Hampshire Constabulary’s YouTube channel.
Please note the Body-Worn Video footage was not played in open court – but did form an important part of the police investigation into this assault.
On May 2, 2014 at Portsmouth Crown Court – Michael John Gregory received a total sentence of 10 years of which the custodial term is seven (7) years and the extension period three (3) years.
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