In a village in Bedfordshire, England, a young man is hospitalized with horrific wounds. But despite his terrible injuries, he returns to the home of his abuser. And by the time that police finally intervene, he is just days away from death. This is the story of Alex Skeel and the other side of domestic abuse.
Alex first met Jordan Worth in 2012, when the pair were both 16-year-old college students. A pretty brunette, she surprised Alex by showing a romantic interest in him, and they soon became a couple. And even though Alex had never been in a relationship before, he thought that things seemed normal at first.
A good student, Jordan came from a loving family, who supported her in all of her endeavors. And after college, she went on to graduate from the University of Hertfordshire with a degree in fine arts. Eventually, she hoped to become a teacher, and she occupied her time volunteering with animals and raising money for charity.
However, something dark was brewing beneath the surface of Alex and Jordan’s relationship. According to Alex, the first signs emerged during a trip that the couple took to London and later on a holiday to Egypt. On both occasions, Jordan simply disappeared, leaving Alex to worry about where she had gone.
Apparently, Jordan started with little things such as dropping Alex off late at work just so that he would get in trouble. But then she did something horrific. After telling Alex that her mother had received a text informing her of his grandfather’s death, she watched as her boyfriend wept with grief for two hours. Finally, she admitted that she had been lying.
Unbelievably, despite the mental abuse, Alex chose to leave Jordan’s parents home so that the couple could move into their own place. Soon they found a property in Stewartby, a village some six miles south of Bedford, England. But away from her parents’ supervision, Jordan’s behavior allegedly only grew worse.
Then one night, things turned physical. According to Alex, Jordan was unhappy with him and smuggled a bottle into their bed. And after he fell asleep, she used it to hit him around the head. Shockingly, when Alex had managed to wrestle the object from her, he said she had grabbed a hammer and had begun attacking him with that instead.
After a few weeks of similar abuse, Alex said he had finally been able to get hold of the hammer. But even though he had thrown it into a field outside the house, he said that things had not ended there. Instead, he claimed that Jordan had escalated to attacking him with a plastic football pole, trying to stab him with the jagged end.
By this time, Jordan was in control of almost every aspect of Alex’s life. As well as telling him what he was allowed to wear, she often prevented him from eating and did not allow him into their bed, making him lie on the floor instead. Moreover, he was completely cut off from his family and friends.
On top of that, Alex claimed that the physical abuse had grown even worse. Over time, he said that Jordan had graduated to attacking him with knives, leaving him with stab wounds all over his body. In fact, it was so bad that the young man was hospitalized on several occasions. However, each time he returned to the home that he and Jordan shared.
After a while, the couple’s neighbors began to notice that something was wrong. Often spotting Alex with obvious injuries, they would stop him and ask if Jordan was responsible. However, he would always reassure them that he was to blame for the incidents, covering up for the actions of his abuser.
However, Alex’s neighbors weren’t convinced, and they contacted the police more than once. But each time he was given an opportunity to escape from Jordan’s clutches, he reassured the authorities that he was fine. Apparently, Jordan had threatened to kill him if he spoke out, and he had been too terrified to defy her.
Instead, Alex remained with his abusive partner as the attacks grew worse. On one occasion, he claimed that she had even thrown boiling water all over him. “I blocked my arms, it was completely burnt and it went all over my legs,” he told ITV News Anglia in April 2018. “I remember lying there and my skin felt like it was cooking. You can’t describe how it feels really.”
In June 2017, neighbors once again informed police about a disturbance at the couple’s home. And when they arrived, they found Alex covered in severe burns. Apparently, Jordan had not allowed him to go to hospital, and he had tried to improvise his own treatment for the wounds.
By this time, Alex weighed about 100 pounds, and doctors knew that something was severely wrong. In fact, they estimated that he might only survive for another ten days. However, he still insisted on returning to the home that he and Jordan shared. But this time, one police officer refused to let things lie.
One week after Jordan had attacked Alex with boiling water, there was a knock on the door. When Alex answered it, he recognized Ed Finn, a policeman who had been to the property before. And when Ed offered him a friendly greeting, Alex knew that his nightmare was finally over.
However, it still took Alex a while to open up about his ordeal. Now in his 20s, the years of mental and physical abuse had left him petrified of speaking out against his partner. And when Ed pushed him for details, he initially maintained that he was at fault. But eventually, the truth came tumbling out.
Eventually, Jordan appeared in court, where she pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent. She was sentenced to seven years behind bars, with an additional six months for engaging in controlling and coercive behavior. Interestingly, the latter charge was the first time that a woman had been handed such a conviction in the history of the U.K.
Luckily, Alex recovered from his ordeal and moved back in with his parents. Months after his rescue, he decided to go public about his experience. He hoped he might be able to prevent others from falling victim to the same fate.
Now, he plans to launch a charity to help victims of domestic abuse. “You’re far more of a person if you speak out,” he told the BBC in 2018. “You’re only going to get better if you talk about it.”