Exclusive by Matty Ingham
On February 18th 2019, BBC’s ‘Abused by my Girlfriend’ shocked viewers across the nation.
The hard-hitting documentary told the remarkable story of Alex Skeel, and his incredible struggle with domestic abuse that left him a shocking ten days from death.
Jordon Worth, Alex’s ex-girlfriend, is currently serving a seven and a half year sentence for coercive and controlling behaviour, wounding with intent and grievous bodily harm. She became the first woman to be jailed for coercive and controlling behaviour in the UK.
Alex’s story caused an out-pour of support on Twitter, the height of which saw him receive a Tweet from Ipswich Town FC, who host his beloved Leeds United on the last day of the Championship season this Sunday.
Alex said that he noticed a lot of support coming from Ipswich fans, but told me: “I didn’t really think much of it but then about an hour later Ipswich Town tweeted me to say would I like to walk the teams out at the match. I was very shocked but obviously very honoured to be asked, so I said YES!”
He added: “I’m looking forward to saying thank you to both sets of fans as I lead the teams out on Sunday. It’s a huge honour. During the abuse I wasn’t allowed to watch football so I never even dreamed about being able to watch a game, let alone walk onto a pitch leading Leeds United out!”
Having won his battle, Alex is now trying to use his experience to help others, and raise awareness for male victims of domestic abuse. He’s doing this through his work as an ambassador for ManKind Initiative, a UK Charity supporting male victims of Domestic Abuse.
Alex’s role as a ManKind ambassador sees him provide talks at conferences, attend meetings across the country and generally raise awareness. “I also have and will continue to put on charity football games and other events to raise money”, Alex said.
Another way Alex continues to raise awareness is through coaching the Under 18 side of his local club, Bedford Park Rangers. “I’ve been part of the club for 15 years as player, coach, and now a manager so it’s been quite a journey from when I was 9 years old!”, Alex told me.
He has helped guide his U18 team to a cup final, where he is hoping to get his hands on some silverware, but retains that the main focus of the team is to raise awareness for male victims of domestic abuse. “So it looks like we’re doing well on and off the pitch!”
You can find more about Alex’s story and the work of MenKind and donate by clicking the links below.
BPR Tigers Just Giving page:
Alex’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/SkeelAlex