Richard Madeley apologises for 'misjudged' advice column about domestic violence

Richard Madeley apologises for 'misjudged' advice column about domestic violence

Richard Madeley has apologised for an advice column in which he appeared to downplay a reader's concerns that their neighbour might be a victim of domestic violence. The TV presenter, who writes an agony uncle page for The Daily Telegraph, said his critics were "absolutely right" after the reader's letter and his response attracted attention on social media. Charity groups including Standing Together Against Domestic Violence and Refuge described his advice as "appalling and dangerous". Published on Saturday, the anonymous reader described hearing "bangs and crashes and shouting" coming from their neighbouring property, saying it happened on "most nights". They also wrote: "Due to the strange nightly activity and fighting, I feel conflicted, as things just don't seem right." The letter continued: "I worry that something could come to light in the future and I would feel guilty because I did nothing, despite a gut feeling that things are not right." In his response, Madeley suggested that "if some sort of serious abuse was involved you'd have noticed it (in the form of black eyes, cut lips and the like, or late night visits from the police after drunken 999 calls)". He also wrote: "If they were going to kill each other, they'd have done it by now." One Twitter user wrote: "This kind of advice is why survivors are continually disbelieved and why abuse continues to be 'hidden' (it's not that hidden, it's just ignored)." Following criticism of his reply, Madeley apologised in a statement posted on ...
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