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Blinded Hayle woman Tina Nash supports Clare's Law

By CMJacqui  |  Posted: October 23, 2012

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A HAYLE woman who was blinded by her partner in an horrific attack is supporting a campaign to let women find out if their partner has a violent past.

Tina Nash, 32, appeared on the BBC One Show tonight where she revealed she had tried to leave Shane Jenkin before he attacked her in April last year, gouging out her eyes.

She said she felt she would have had the strength to go if she had known about his history of violence towards women, but instead he "manipulated" her and persuaded her to go back to him.

Tina, wearing dark glasses, a white t-shirt and black waistcoast, spoke with great courage about her support for Clare's Law - a pilot scheme in which men and women are warned by the authorities if their partner has a violent past.

She told the show she had asked social services on numerous occasions to tell her if Shane Jenkin had abused women previously, but they wouldn't tell her.

"Obviously I didn't know that he was violent towards women and I fell in love with him and by the time it got to that eight months it was too late, I was in love," she said.

"I did try to leave him... but he manipulated me and I got back with him. I didn't realise I was a victim until this happened - I felt like he was more of a victim, that was how he made me feel."

Tina has been investigating Clare's Law, which she describes as "a step in the right direction", for a Channel Four Dispatches programme, Do You Know Your Partner's Past?, which will be aired at 8pm tonight. Tina is also releasing a book this Thursday called Out Of The Darkness.

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  • Cornwallrocks  |  April 21 2013, 8:08PM

    I think that Shane Jenkin is a nasty cowardly piece of work who has shown no remorse for his callousness. I am disgusted how somebody like this has not only subjected Tina Nash to beatings but thinks it's acceptable to gouge somebody's eyes out and then blame the victim for his actions. He is nothing but Scum, and he has been in trouble with the Police before breaking the Law frequently. Shane Jenkin does not deserve any respect. He has only been sent to a Psychiatric Ward for 5 years. The punishment in this case has been lenient. Tina Nash has to suffer this pain of not being able to see anybody or anything ever again in her life because of one abusive and aggressive individual. It really is unfair it has come to this. Shane Jenkin kept Tina Nash locked up 12 hours after the eye-gouging attack without phoning the Ambulance for medical help. He is a thug who probably wanted to kill his girlfriend, he punched her many times before, and tried to strangle her. It is lucky Tina Nash didn't die that night but it's really unlucky she got blinded by this moron. I hope Tina all the best in the future and that it will make her stronger. I was shocked after reading about this and it was upsetting seeing the images. x

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  • Cornwallrocks  |  April 21 2013, 8:05PM

    I think that Shane Jenkin is a nasty cowardly piece of work who has shown no remorse for his callousness. I am disgusted how somebody like this has not only subjected Tina Nash to beatings but thinks it's acceptable to gouge somebody's eyes out and then blame the victim for his actions. He is nothing but Scum, and he has been in trouble with the Police before breaking the Law frequently. Shane Jenkin does not deserve any respect. He has only been sent to a Psychiatric Ward for 5 years. The punishment in this case has been lenient. Tina Nash has to suffer this pain of not being able to see anybody or anything ever again in her life because of one abusive and aggressive individual. It really is unfair it has come to this. Shane Jenkin kept Tina Nash locked up 12 hours after the eye-gouging attack without phoning the Ambulance for medical help. He is a thug who probably wanted to kill his girlfriend, he punched her many times before, and tried to strangle her. It is lucky Tina Nash didn't die that night but it's really unlucky she got blinded by this moron. I hope Tina all the best in the future and that it will make her stronger. I was shocked after reading about this and it was upsetting seeing the images. x

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  • Elizabeth2010  |  October 23 2012, 3:43PM

    All domestic violence is under reported by both males and females. This law that is already being piloted is for both males and females to request this information. Money would be better spent on supporting those who choose to stay in the relationship (the majority) to get the help and support that they need to stay safe within that relationship and to look at all their options. Most victims do not believe they have any other option other than to stay. Claire's law puts the onus on the victim to act after a disclosure, but the disclosure itself is likely to lead to the victim feeling much more vulnerable and isolated than before the disclosure is made. If there are child protection issues, and the victim does not want their partner to know that questions have been asked about their offending history, they are going to find out if social services become involved with the family which further undermines the safety of the victim and any children. Most domestic violence goes unreported whether committed by males or females.

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  • grahamcoad  |  October 23 2012, 6:57AM

    If ever such a law is introduced, it would of course have to work both ways, as there is also a smaller but noteworthy porportion of relationships where the FEMALE partner is violent, often under reported.

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  • Droofguy  |  October 23 2012, 2:34AM

    I feel terribly for Tina, but I think her voice would be better heard if she encouraged women who suffer domestic abuse to leave the relationship sooner, IMO, after the first time it happens. 'Clare's Law', whilst well-meaning will struggle to become incorporated into law as the challenges in starting and keeping up a database like this will be huge, and not only financial. Sarah's law took decades, and is still not running totally effectively. Offenders have the right to have convictions expunged from the records after a certain amount of time, apart from defined offences, and 'minor' violence crimes will not show up all the time, and also, it seems to be a trend that minor domestic violence usually increases in terms of the violence the longer the relationship continues, sometimes to an horrific level in sometimes a short space of time so records will not always reflect the level of violence victims are suffering 'now' Ladies, Please, end any violent relationship much much sooner, rather than later.

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