Melanie Brown, known as Mel B, is a member of one of the most successful female bands in the world, the Spice Girls.
She’s also a mum of three daughters, a businesswoman and a survivor of domestic abuse – like nearly 2 million women and 700,000 men in England and Wales.
Melanie Brown endured a traumatic ten year marriage and has since become a campaigner for the rights of domestic abuse victims by becoming a patron of the charity Women’s Aid.
She tells Newsnight in an exclusive interview she wants a root and branch reform of how the UK approaches the issue – from the criminal justice system, to education in schools, to the police – and she reveals she wouldn’t call the police to report domestic abuse because she wouldn’t trust them to take it seriously.
If you’ve been affected by domestic abuse or controlling behaviour, help and support is available via the BBC Action Line.
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