Pregnant woman filmed trying to jump out of window to escape abusive partner
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A pregnant mother has been filmed trying to jump outside a window in a desperate bid to escape from her partner.
The shocking incident took place in the city of Duque de Caxias in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area on September 14.
Video taken by a neighbour shows Maria Jose, who is 12 weeks pregnant, trying to throw herself out of their first floor flat while her partner, Vitor Batista, holds onto her back.
She resists but the man quickly shuts the window and closes the curtain.
According to local news site G1, it was not the first time Maria had tried to escape from her partner of two years.
In May, the 35-year-old victim claimed to local authorities that she was beaten regularly by Vitor, who works as a welder and cab driver.
She claimed: "He is very jealous and possessive, he wouldn't let me go out on the street."
The day before the incident, Maria reportedly threw an SOS note out of the window asking for help but was spotted by Vitor.
The incident on Tuesday was reported by their neighbours and Vitor was arrested by the police later the same day.
Police spokeswoman Fernanda Fernandes da Deam said: "She said she has been suffering attacks during the last week… today, the row continued and the suspect assaulted her again.
“She even tried to throw herself out of the window again to escape the violence.
“If the neighbours didn’t film the incident and report it, the victim may not have survived.”
Maria said: "We always believe a person can change, but the aggression continued over time… and it only got worse.
"I didn’t have the courage (to leave him), I was ashamed."
If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247
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