The chief executive of national domestic violence charity Refuge has branded the Potts and McNamee cases as “shocking” and “appalling”.
And Sandra Horley dismissed mitigation offered in court for the thugs’ behaviour, such as excessive drinking or loss of temper, as little more than “excuses”.
Of the Potts case, Ms Horley said: “I was appalled to hear about this horrific assault on a pregnant woman.
“At Refuge we know that pregnancy is a risk factor for domestic violence - 30 percent of cases start or escalate during pregnancy. It is shameful that in 2014, vulnerable, pregnant women are still at risk of violence.”
With reference to the McNamee case, she added: “Domestic violence isn’t caused by a man losing his temper or drinking too much. These are just excuses. Domestic violence is caused by the abuser’s desire to exert control over his partner.
“Above all it’s important to remember that no matter when or how domestic violence occurs it is a serious crime.”
A number of initiatives are currently running in St Helens to combat domestic violence.
Last year, council leader Barrie Grunewald revealed there were a shocking 700 domestic violence incidents reported to police in St Helens in November and December 2013 alone.
Anyone experiencing domestic violence can go online at www.refuge.org.uk for support and information.
If you’re worried about a friend or family member, go online at: www.1in4women.com