Woman beaten by boyfriend says Jeremy Kyle Show exploited abusive relationship

A woman beaten up by her violent boyfriend has hit out at the Jeremy Kyle Show and its presenter.

Dawne Mair and her boyfriend Andrew Hough were repeatedly booked for the controversial series.

She claims the makers took advantage of their bitter relationship.

The couple appeared on the now axed ITV show to deal with Hough’s anger issues and to prove Dawne was pregnant.

She claims they were urged to stay together for the benefit of entertainment yet the show offered no aftercare or counselling.

Six months after their last TV appearance, Hough was convicted of ABH against his fiancée, weeks after she gave birth to their daughter.

He held a kitchen knife to Dawne’s throat and punched her in the face after she ended the relationship.

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Dawne said: “The last time we were on Jeremy Kyle, it was over Andy battering me.

“I was pregnant and it was for him to get help with his anger. But we never got the aftercare. We never got the therapy.

“Andrew had grabbed me by the throat and he had left marks on my neck.”

She claimed the show knew that Andrew had been abusive to her and they didn’t give her the help or the support they needed.

The couple appeared on TV six times together – on one occasion getting engaged.

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Under-fire Kyle tried to rekindle their romance on their last appearance in March – eventually helping them to stay together.

The show ended in May, after guest Steve Dymond died following filming.

Trial judge Heather Lloyd described Hough as a “violent bully” as she sentenced him to one year in prison at Preston Crown Court.

Hough, of Blackpool, Lancs, was slapped with a five-year restraining order after admitting ABH.

The court heard Hough subjected Ms Mair to emotional abuse on a regular basis. They had rows during their on-off relationship.

Dawne, 25, also of Blackpool, discovered she was expecting Hough’s child during filming after taking a pregnancy test.

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In August, she gave birth to Bethanie-Rose. Yet following the birth of their daughter, Hough became more controlling.

The court heard the mum-of-four told Hough she wanted to end their engagement. He proceeded to write a fake suicide note to pressure Dawne into staying with him.

She had a message to other victims of domestic abuse.

Dawne said: “It’s okay to be scared, it’s okay to want to get away.”

A spokesperson for ITV said: “The physical and mental health of everyone we work with is our highest priority and ITV is committed to working across the industry – including with other broadcasters and Ofcom – to share best practice.”

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