Charlotte Smith introduced a report on domestic abuse in tonight’s instalment and viewers were pleased the show decided to shine a light on such a sensitive but important issue. The Countryfile host revealed she had covered the topic a few years previously but was disappointed to find that not much as improved since her last investigation.
In the segment, Charlotte discussed the findings of a recent report titled the Captive and Control report.
She explained: “One of its findings is the countryside is being deliberately used by abusers to isolate their victims.”
Charlotte then spoke to Luke Hart about the abuse him and his family suffered at the hands of his father.
Luke told the Countryfile presenter his father moved his mother, brother, sister and himself to the countryside during the 26 year period of abuse.
Countryfile's Charlotte Smith spoke to Luke Hart (Image: BBC)
Countryfile viewers praised Charlotte's report (Image: BBC)
Countryfile's Charlotte told viewers about The Dragonfly Project (Image: BBC)
She said: “It says that on average domestic abuse lasts 25% longer in most rural areas.
“It describes the policing response as largely inadequate, support services are scare, less available, less visible and less