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Domestic abuse survivor shares her story on World Voice Day

16 Apr 2021

A film telling the story of a brave domestic abuse survivor has been shared to mark World Voice Day.

Sophie Eyers suffered a reign of terror at the hands of Samuel James, 30, before he was jailed in July 2019.

He subjected her to physical, emotional and financial abuse throughout the course of their relationship.

James, formerly of Brownlow Road, St Ives, was jailed for three years and given a restraining order for ten years in July 2019.

Sophie's story was previously shared by the force as part of a national campaign at the end of 2019. Today (16 April), a film documenting Sophie's experience and the different elements of abuse she endured is being published for the first time.

The ten-minute film also features Detective Constable Kellymarie Harman, who led the investigation and supported Sophie throughout the prosecution process.

Sophie's story is being shared on World Voice Day to emphasise survivors of domestic abuse will be heard and listened to in Cambridgeshire. Not only does the film highlight Sophie's heart-breaking personal experience, but also the support available to those who speak out.

Last year there were 14,670 reported incidents of domestic abuse in Cambridgeshire, a 4% increase on the year before.

Detective Superintendent John Massey said: "Today provides an ideal opportunity to let Sophie's voice be heard and highlight how far she has come since seeking help.

"I would like to commend Sophie for the courage she has shown while filming this video and I hope her bravery will encourage others to speak out.

"Tackling domestic abusers and supporting victims continues to be one of our main priorities and our work has never been more important following a year of restrictions due to the pandemic.

"I want to reassure anyone who is suffering and considering reaching out for support that we have a team of dedicated officers ready to help you and do everything possible to bring offenders to justice."

DC Harman added: "After we arrested her partner, Sophie told us we had saved her life.

"No one should have to suffer from any kind of abuse and I would also like to thank Sophie and applaud her bravery in coming forward.

"It gives me immense pride to share this video today and I hope it gives members of the public an insight into how domestic abuse is dealt with here in Cambridgeshire. More importantly, I also hope it gives Sophie some closure and highlights the support we provide to victims."

We would urge anyone who is a survivor of abuse, or concerned about the safety of a loved one, to get in touch with us. More information and advice can be found on our dedicated web pages.

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