A woman has spoken out after her husband was jailed for verbal and mental abuse.

Natalie Brunsden, 38, had been with Adam Brunsden, 35, of Hare Bridge Crescent, Ingatestone, since 2012 and told officers how she was abused throughout their relationship.

Two years into their relationship, Natalie said he would often bully her and that she was scared of him.

They married in 2016 and she recalled how the abuse escalated, including demands on her financially.

Other abuse she reported to police in July this year were his threats of violence and self-harm.

Brunsden was arrested in July and charged with engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour, which he admitted at Basildon Crown Court on Friday, August 10. 

He has since been jailed for two years and made subject of an indefinite restraining order when he was sentenced at the same court yesterday, Wednesday, October 3.

Natalie said: " I hope this sentence gives people the confidence to speak up about domestic violence and abuse.

"It’s not acceptable to live in fear of your life and there is never an excuse for this behaviour, ever. It’s does not get better, it gets worse.

"With the support of Essex Police and Women’s Aid, I’m starting to rebuild my life. I would like to thank them for their support and help."

She bravely told her to story in a video released by Essex Police.

Investigating officer DC Georgette Beckett, said: “Natalie was in a verbally and mentally abusive relationship and lived with it while making excuses for his behaviour.

“She was off work with depression and eventually had enough strength to leave the relationship and call police. 

“When Brunsden was arrested, I worked hard to gain a remand and a charge for coercive and controlling behaviour as the evidence was so strong.

“Natalie’s actions and bravery by speaking out shows her strength of character. 

"I hope the sentence handed to Brunsden offers justice to her.”

If you have experienced coercive and controlling behaviour or have concerns for a someone who may be experiencing this, call us on 101 or report information online at www.essex.police.uk/do-it-online. 

Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org

For more advice about domestic abuse please visit www.essex.police.uk/advice/domestic-abuse