Man who severely beat his wife is allowed to continue working at domestic violence abuse hotline


David Bird 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A victim of domestic violence is angry after her abusive husband was allowed to keep his job dealing with domestic abuse victims.

Nichola Bird, 42, of the United Kingdom, said that her 55-year-old husband David Bird, beat her up because she tried talking to him while he was watching a football game.

Police were called after David choked and punched his wife, leaving her “black and blue,” according to police in Yorkshire.

David was found guilty of the charges and he was given a two year community order by the city's magistrates. He was also ordered to pay £270 ($350).

Nichola said that she was notified that her husband of 18 months, received a very light sentence because it was his first offense.

However, she is very upset that he was allowed to keep his job helping vulnerable people who were abused by their partners.

David was not suspended from his council job helping domestic violence victims and he allegedly received full pay from his job while he was being prosecuted and found guilty of domestic violence.

“It is not as if he is employed picking up garbage. He deals with vulnerable people who have been domestically abused. He has been going to work as if nothing has happened. It's a joke,” Nichola said.

Domestic violence advocates said that they way the case was handled is “a disgrace.”