An elderly mother from Essex who was abused by her own son has thanked the domestic abuse officer who supported her through her ordeal.

Dora Williams, 85, said she was 'thankful' for officers like PC Lizzy Viney, of Basildon’s Domestic Abuse Investigations Team.

On Wednesday 1 July, Dora’s son, Robin Williams, 53, of no fixed address, was sent to prison for 12 weeks at Southend Magistrates’ Court for two counts of breaching a restraining order.

He has previously been made subject of a restraining order after being convicted in April this year for assaulting her.

I know my son didn’t want to go to prison and he’s not a bad person. Unfortunately, he had been living a chaotic lifestyle ahead of his arrest. I would urge parents to call the police if they are being abused by their grown up children. I know it can be tough but they may turn their lives around. I’m hopeful my son will. (The police) have been amazing and I’m thankful for officers like Lizzy.

Dora Williams

When the abuse is between a parent and their child – no matter their age - it can be hard for the victim to come forward and support a prosecution as the perpetrator is a member of their own family. I commend Dora for recognising that her son needs help and that she needs protection. Dora was incredibly brave to support a prosecution, which understandably was difficult for her.

PC Lizzy Viney

Detective Inspector Sophie Hammonds said: “Dora’s story reflects how so many parents struggle in silence with domestic abuse at the hands of their children, who are in fact now grown adults capable of causing them serious harm.

"Lizzy has supported Dora throughout the investigation and it has been pleasing for me to see first-hand today the good relationship that they have. Dora has shown great bravery by raising awareness about this form of domestic abuse and I thank her for her kind words.”