The Abused

The Abused

1 x 90'

Channel 5, 2019

Raw and powerful film The Sunday Times

Thousands of women across Britain live in fear of their partner. Brutal attacks happen every day and shockingly two women are murdered every week. The Abused, a 90 minute documentary special, tells the story of Hazel and Kelly, who were attacked in the same week in Norfolk and follows their lives as events unfold in the days after.

With remarkable access to the women and the police investigation, this harrowing and multi-award winning documentary reveals the heart-breaking reality of life inside a violent relationship, the fear that prevents the women from seeking help and the long and terrifying process they endure as they wait to find out if the person they once loved, will face justice.


This is unflinching stuff. It stands as a mighty tribute to the women’s bravery and honesty in the face of relentless violence, intimidation and manipulation... it cements The Abused as a fine piece of socially responsible documentary-making The Daily Telegraph

Barbie MacLaurin’s film was shocking in showing what actual terror looks like The Times

A hard hitting factual gem. An important film which highlights Clare’s Law, whereby people can ask police if their partner has a history of domestic violence The Observer

A devastating documentary The Guardian

A difficult yet superb look at escaping domestic violence The Telegraph

It’s an important film that will help any woman trapped in an abusive relationship. Prepare to feel sad, furious and in awe of these strong women The Sun


Winner Best Documentary, Edinburgh Festival TV Awards 2019

Winner Domestic Affairs, International Broadcasters Awards 2019

Nominated Best Single Documentary, BAFTA 2020

Nominated Best Documentary, Broadcast Awards 2020