The former 'EastEnders' star visited a women's refuge as part of a short programme she presented on domestic abuse.
Danniella Westbrook broke down in tears as she visited a women’s refuge to meet and speak with victims of domestic violence, saying that the ordeals she heard described had reminded her of her own problems with substance abuse in the past.
The former ‘EastEnders’ actress, 41, visited a refuge run by the Women’s Action Housing Group in the North West of England, as part of a short programme she presented for Victoria Derbyshire’s BBC show. During it, she drew a comparison between the victims’ dependence on their abusers as being similar to a drug user’s relapses in their struggles to get clean.
“I can identify with the ‘addict’ side of things,” she said to one victim, going on to describe the tendency of some victims to return to their partners, despite them knowing of the abuse that awaits them, as being like “relapses”. She also later described the victims as “hitting rock bottom”.
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