Domestic abuse campaigners believe the soft punishment fails to reflect the seriousness of the crime.
Collins is alleged to have inflicted a long campaign of abuse on his ex-girlfriend Anna Larke.
A jury at St Albans Crown Court heard that The Friday Night Project star slapped, grabbed and deprived his recovering alcoholic girlfriend of sleep, as well as making her write down every single sexual encounter she had ever had, before banning her from using Facebook.
Ms Larke showed the jury a secret recording she made of Collins on one of his tirades of racist abuse, which he described as ‘himself at his worst’.
Sandra Horley, the chief executive of the domestic violence charity Refuge, said the sentence: “does not send a strong public message that domestic violence, or threat of violence, is as serious as any other violent crime”.
Domestic violence kills about two women a week.
Ms Horley claims that if men like Justin Lee Collins continue to get away on such lenient sentences, thousands of women will continue to be subjected to physical and psychological abuse at the hands of their partners.
Channel 4, Channel 5 and BSkyB have said they have no plans to work with Collins in the future.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which has been running since 1995. Thousands of people across the country are too afraid to report or talk about their ordeals. Sometimes, manipulation in the home can be so subtle that victims don’t even realise they are being abused.
It is important to recognise and report domestic abuse if you, or someone you know is suffering from it.
To find out how a counsellor may be able to help you, please visit our page about Domestic Violence.
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