Mel, 45, is a sponsor of Women’s Aid and made a heartbreaking video for the charity to highlight the reality of the abuse.
She posted the clip to her Instagram page earlier this week and Victoria has rallied behind her.
Sharing Mel’s original post about her story, the 47-year-old fashion designer encouraged her followers to swipe up to watch the full movie and find out more about the charity.
Victoria added, “It’s so powerful and brave” that she tagged Mel and Women’s Aid in the post.
Captioning the clip, Mel previously wrote, “This is the most important video I have ever made, I will never stop fighting for this cause so please keep sharing. please keep talking.
“For abusers, we know who you are, even though you’re still out there thinking you can get away with it. The tide is turning.
“Thank you @fabiodandreaofficial @ashleywallen for helping me shine a light on this topic, so proud to be the boss of the @womens_aid watch, think, speak and donate. “
She added the hashtags: #loveshouldnothurt #stopviolenceagainstwomen #womensupportwomen #saverefuges.
Mel alleged that she was subjected to a ten-year “reign of terror” in an abusive marriage to convicted domestic abuser Stephen Belafonte.
In the poignant video, Mel is seen bruised and beaten as she portrays the reality of living with domestic violence.
It was inspired by Mel’s conversations with survivors of domestic violence and the impact of the lockdown on women living with an abusive partner during the global pandemic.
In the video, Mel lives an affluent lifestyle in a beautiful home – while behind the scenes she is abused.
A brave acting method sees her being thrown to the ground, strangled and punched.
She previously shared, “I have a responsibility to make sure these situations are portrayed as realistically as possible.
“I looked at all the emails I received from women who read my book and selected a few to help me with the acting game.
“Whether it’s spitting or strangling, these are things that actually happen. It’s not just my story – it’s all these stories of women.
“I walked out of this video bruised because I wanted it to be an honest portrayal of what we’ve all been through.
“There’s a bedroom scene where I’m being attacked, it was really important to make it real.”
In November 2018, Mel published her powerful memoir Brutally Honest, which detailed her life with her ex, whom she separated in 2017.
She also supported The Sun on Sunday’s successful Save Our Shelters campaign, which secured funding for women’s shelters.
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Mel claims that film producer Belafonte, who has kept his criminal record a secret, began his reign of coercive abuse on their wedding night in 2007 and continued a ten-year “reign of terror”.
The star filed for divorce in March 2017, citing “irreconcilable differences”.
She then sought a temporary restraining order from her ex-husband, too, over allegations that he had beaten and sexually exploited her, which Stephen denied.
In August 2018, they reached a settlement that involved dropping charges of abuse, and they currently share custody of their nine-year-old daughter Madison.
HOW TO GET HELP:
Women’s Aid has these tips for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Reach out to charities for help, including Women’s Aid’s live chat hotline and services like SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarize yourself with the silent solution, where you call 999 and press “55” if you cannot speak safely.
- Always carry cash or a bank card with you, including change in case you need a pay phone or a bus ticket.
- If you think your partner is about to attack you, try heading for an exit if you’re inside the house and pick up your phone in case you need to call for help.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely knives or other potential weapons. Avoid rooms where you might get stuck, like the bathroom.
Women’s Aid offers a live chat service – available daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by email at [email protected]
SupportLine is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]
You can also call the national 24-hour domestic abuse helpline on 0808 2000 247.