Man jailed for domestic abuse offences

Date published: 21 December 2021 15:10
Dated: 21 December 2021 12:36:06

A 33-year-old man has been sentenced to 38 months in prison and handed a seven year restraining order after committing a series of domestic abuse offences including assault and coercive control.

Luke Bartholomew, formerly of Spring Walk, Rotherham, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday 10 December to be sentenced, after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and controlling coercive behaviour at an earlier hearing.

Bartholomew abused his victim over the a period of two years, subjecting her to repeated violent assaults and controlling her everyday life.

Investigations Officer Natalie Duffy from Rotherham’s Protecting Vulnerable People team said: “Bartholomew is responsible for a sustained campaign of violence against his victim, and I wish to thank her for her courage in reporting this to police.

“I want to thank the victim for the support she has given to officers throughout our investigation and I hope she is reassured by the actions taken to bring the man who harmed her before the courts. I truly hope that now Bartholomew faces time behind bars for his inexcusable crimes, she is able to move forward and recover from the abuse she has suffered.

“Additionally, Bartholomew was given a seven-year restraining order to prevent him from contacting the victim in any way or from interfering in her life.

“We absolutely do not tolerate domestic abuse in South Yorkshire and would urge anyone who is suffering abuse, or anyone who has concerns that a friend or loved one may be in danger, to contact police. Our officers and a range of support agencies are here to help, you are not alone.”

If you wish to report domestic abuse, you can call police on 101. If you feel unable to make a call, you can report domestic abuse online via a dedicated online portal here - https://www.reportingcrime.uk/SYPDA/

​If your life is in danger, please call 999. If you can’t speak, the operator may ask you to cough or press a button on the keypad, so they know you’re there. They will then ask you to press ‘55’ – this is the Silent Solution, and alerts the call handler that you are in need of emergency help. They will listen to what they can hear in the background and make an assessment about the response you require.

A number of helplines and organisations are also there for you. You can contact:

  • Rotherham Rise Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0330 2020571
    Women’s Aid, who hold a web chat between 10am and noon Monday to Friday
  • 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247
  • Mankind Initiative – for male victims of domestic abuse, their helpline 01823 334 244 is available Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm
  • Galop – LGBT+ anti-violence charity who can be contacted Monday to Friday between 10am and 5pm on 0800 999 5428. You can also make referrals online.

More information about domestic abuse is available on our website – https://www.southyorks.police.uk/find-out/advice-for-victims/domestic-abuse/

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