ITV climate star Ruth Dodsworth has detailed how her abusive ex-husband focused her kids ‘when he may not manipulate me’.
Ruth Dodsworth, 46, informed her 37,700 followers on Twitter that Jonathan Wignall, who was given a three-year sentence final April after he pleaded responsible to stalking and coercive management, despatched images and messages to her kids telling them their mom ‘did not need’ them.
She shared a picture taken by Wignall three years in the past exhibiting herself in hospital, which he then despatched to her kids with the message: ‘That is what it appears like when you don’t need your kids any extra.’
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ITV climate presenter Ruth Dosworth pictured with Jonathan Wignall, 56, who was given a three-year sentence final April after he pleaded responsible to stalking and coercive management. This week, the broadcaster shared that she had been engaged on ‘one thing very near my coronary heart’ however warned followers it could be ‘triggering’ for these affected by home abuse
The message Wignall despatched to the couple’s kids, which Dodsworth shared on social media this week
The broadcaster warned her followers that she could be sharing messages that could be ‘triggering’.
She stated: ‘I’ve been engaged on one thing near my coronary heart. You’ll see it in lower than 48 hrs.
‘However any of my followers who could be triggered I simply needed to let you recognize to watch out with my account. Private stuff arising, then sunshine I promise.’
Explaining the picture, she informed her followers that her former husband had ‘photographed every little thing’ after she was taken into hospital three years in the past.
Dodsworth added: ‘I by no means knew why. After he was arrested months later that is the message he despatched my kids. He couldn’t manipulate me anymore. So he tried to govern them. #coercivecontrol #DomesticAbuse.’
Talking final month on Free Ladies in regards to the controlling marriage, Ruth informed how someday her two kids rang her to warn her to not come residence as a result of he ‘would kill her’.
Precautions: Dodsworth stated in March that she has fitted her home with safety cameras and alarms as Jonathan prepares to be set free early, serving half of his three-year sentence (pictured collectively)
She went on to debate her fears on the prospect of her ex-husband being launched early from jail after solely serving half his sentence.
She stated: ‘One specific night time I had gone to work as regular however in the course of the course of the day he should have began ingesting early on as by the point I received again from college my youngsters rang me.
‘They stated ‘we’re okay however do not come residence as a result of he’ll kill you.’
Unhappy: The 46-year-old broadcaster’s former associate Jonathan Wignall (pictured) was given a 3 yr sentence final yr however could also be launched early later this yr
The nightclub proprietor, 56, who was married to Ruth for 18 years, subjected her to a nine-year marketing campaign of controlling abuse earlier than pleading responsible to coercive behaviour and stalking final yr – which additionally resulted in him being handed a lifetime restraining order.
On Free Ladies, she mentioned how the abuse began, saying: ‘I did not know what coercive management was however my relationship was positively one outlined by coercive management.
‘It began off with a bit little bit of possessiveness and also you suppose “oh he should actually love me” then all of a sudden it turns into actually overwhelming and overpowering.
Powerful: ITV climate lady Ruth Dodsworth has detailed the abuse she suffered throughout her marriage to her now-jailed ex husband
‘It is all very insidious and it occurs beneath the radar, it was so delicate I lived with it for 20 years I knew one thing was unsuitable, however I did not realize it was coercive management’
She continued: ‘I look again now and it was nearly there from day one, dropping contact with your pals, treading on eggshells, waking up considering what temper will he be in right now…
‘When he was good he was the nicest individual, he may very well be attraction personified however that would not final and also you by no means knew when it may change
Frightened: She went on to debate her fears on the prospect of her ex-husband being launched early from jail after solely serving half his sentence
Oh no: She stated: ‘One specific night time I had gone to work as regular however in the course of the course of the day he should have began ingesting early on as by the point I received again from college my youngsters rang me. They stated ‘we’re okay however do not come residence as a result of he’ll kill you’
‘I would depart residence and could be in tears as a result of we’d have argued about one thing foolish…stroll into the studio smile after which go residence once more in tears.’
She then detailed how he would try to get into her telephone to test her messages and get her to Facetime him when she was away for work to test the place she was.
She then spoke about his potential early launch, saying: ‘He may have been set free now, 4 months prior he can apply for residence launch, and you may’t hold individuals behind bars perpetually.
Comfortable: Ruth, a well-recognized face to viewers on ITV Wales, revealed final June she had met a brand new associate and was relishing her new discovered freedom
‘But it surely was a yr in the past right now the decide stated you might be evil and a hazard to your spouse and youngsters, how a lot of that has modified?
‘I by no means got down to ship him to jail, however the police have been improbable in saying you are not doing this he’s doing this to himself.’
Final month she revealed that she has fitted her home with safety cameras and alarms as Jonathan prepares to be set free early, serving half of his three-year sentence.
Taking to Twitter to specific her concern, Ruth stated on the time: ‘Precisely one yr in the past right now my ex-husband pleaded responsible to stalking and coercive management.
‘I’ve spent this afternoon with South Wales Police studying shield my residence/household forward of his doable imminent launch.
‘That is our actuality. Alarms in every single place! It is all good but it surely’s not over.’
She added: ‘He was sentenced to 3 years, 9 months, to run concurrently.
‘Advised to serve half minimal. Can apply for early launch four-and-a-half earlier than the midway level.
‘That is customary apparently. Lifetime restraining order, sure. However that is only a piece of paper. He is a harmful man.’
Ruth, a well-recognized face to viewers on ITV Wales, revealed final June she had met a brand new associate and was relishing her new discovered freedom.
Nevertheless, the presenter predicted her anxiousness relating to Jonathan’s launch, claiming her ex-husband blamed her for his jail sentence and had by no means taken accountability for the abuse.
The previous couple met in 2001, a yr after Ruth grew to become a climate presenter, and married in 2002.
Jonathan’s controlling behaviour started round 2010 when the couple moved from Swansea to Cowbridge and he or she grew to become their predominant breadwinner when his nightclub enterprise began to fail.
However quite than have a good time her success, he grew envious and obsessive, setting alarms to test Ruth’s nightly forecasts on TV and name her dozens of instances a day demanding to know the place she was and who she was with.
He would additionally flip up exterior broadcast places or insist that she ate her lunch within the automotive with him, quite than at a studio canteen.
Plus, demand entry to her telephone so he may test her messages and delete contacts he did not like and watched her use the bathroom and bathe in case she was utilizing her telephone within the rest room and accompany her to medical appointments.
Abuse: He would additionally flip up exterior broadcast places or insist that she ate her lunch within the automotive with him, quite than at a studio canteen
He even positioned a monitoring system beneath the steering wheel of her automotive and slapped her across the face if she fella asleep earlier than him.
After Jonathan, the daddy of her two kids was sentenced, she appeared on ITV present This Morning to inform her story and persuade different victims to report their abusers.
She stated: ‘At its worst, slightly below two years in the past, when issues escalated, I might been in work and through that week he had been phoning me a whole bunch and a whole bunch of instances a day, turning up on the workplace, texting me ‘the place are you’, asking who I used to be with.
‘That exact day he began ingesting early within the day and by the point my kids received residence from college they had been phoning me saying ‘mum, do not come residence, he will kill you’ and I believe, for me, that was a turning level.
‘I did not go residence that night time as a result of I believe if I had, I would not be right here now in any means, form or type.
‘It took confiding in another person for them to say ‘Ruth, if you happen to do not ring the police I’ll’ – and that actually modified every little thing.’
She added: ‘If I waited for him to fall asleep first, it was okay. But when I went to sleep first he would slap my face to wake me up as a result of it was not on his phrases.
‘This can be a man that I cherished and is the daddy of my kids. It’s degrading, it was humiliating however it’s so exhausting to get out. I might say to individuals, simply get out. Converse to somebody…
‘You do not realise that isolation till you look again on it. His paranoia, his jealousy – I work in a really public job, I meet lots of people and he could not deal with that.’