A man left scarred after his wife poured scalding water over him has said: “Being attacked by a woman is nothing to be ashamed of.”
Ken Gregory, 65, suffered first- and second-degree burns to 14% of his body after the assault at his bungalow in Peterborough.
Pictures of the injuries show painful blistering stretching from his scalp to his lower back.
Gregory’s ex-wife Teresa Gilbertson, 60, is awaiting sentencing after being convicted of grievous bodily harm with intent following the attack last March.
He decided to speak out, saying it was important to challenge the stigma surrounding men who are victims of abuse.
The injuries Gregory suffered.
“I had never imagined something like this would happen to me,” he said.
“As a man who is a bit older and who isn’t exactly small, there is a perception that you can’t be a victim of domestic violence.
“I was worried that people would assume that it was my fault and she was the victim — there is still a general perception that, as a strong man against a weaker female, you must have been the protagonist.
“But it should be the same message that they put out for women many years ago: don’t be frightened, you don’t have to put up with it.”
The couple met following the death of Gregory’s first wife of more than 30 years, Maureen, seven years ago. After five years of marriage, their relationship soured.
On the day of the attack on March 23, Gregory had been due to take flowers to his late wife’s memorial to mark her birthday. Instead the couple rowed over finances and household chores.
Eventually they decided to get a divorce and Gilbertson offered to make a cup of tea.
Gregory turned down the offer but his wife left the room and returned with a jug of freshly boiled water. Without warning, she tipped it over his head, then stood back and told him: “There you go.”
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