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Applause for Labour MP Rosie Duffield as she tells of suffering domestic abuse

A LABOUR MP received a standing ovation in the Commons after sharing a moving account of coercive behaviour she experienced at the hands of a former partner.

Rosie Duffield (pictured above) said she had suffered ‘constant hurt’ and urged others to ‘reach out and talk’ if it was safe for them to do so.

During a debate on the Domestic Abuse Bill, the 48-year-old former teaching assistant said: ‘Abuse isn’t just about those noticeable physical signs, sometimes there are no bruises.

‘Abuse is very often all about control and power, it’s about making themselves feel big or biggest but that’s not how abusers present themselves.’

Ms Duffield described how the signs of coercive control are not apparent at the start of a relationship but gradually start to build up and develop.

Theresa May told MPs they have a ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’ to help domestic abuse survivors by passing the legislation. Seen as a key part of her legacy at No.10, the bill seeks to place a new legal duty on councils to provide secure homes for people fleeing violence.