Women’s Aid issues warning over Joe Garratt’s ‘abusive behavior’ on Love Island

Joe Garratt

by Marianna Manson |

A domestic abuse charity has issues a warning against Joe Garratt’s controlling behavior on Love Island

Women’s Aid, who last year issued a similar warning regarding Adam Collard’s “gaslighting” of Rosie Williams, have spoken out as Ofcom has received a number of complaints about Joe.

The sandwich seller coupled up with surfer girl Lucie Donlan on day one and recently went semi-exclusive, but recently viewers have started picking up on toxic behavior, with Joe repeatedly making Lucie feel guilty about her decisions, and making her cry on a number of occasions.

Joe Garratt Lucie Donlan

In particular, fan’s expressed concern over Joe’s warnings about Lucie hanging out with her friend Tommy Fury.

“I’m concerned about the controlling nature exhibited by #Joe towards #lucie by telling her the friendship with #Tommy is strange,” said one astute Twitter user. “[it] has viewers puzzled @LoveIsland #loveisland it’s not healthy or oksay.”

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Olivia Buckland was a member of the 2016 Love Island cast from day one. She coupled up with Daniel Lukakis, Rykard Jenkins and Adam Maxted before Alex Bowen entered.From day 20 onwards, Olivia stayed coupled up with Alex Bowen. The couple ended as runners up.Before entering the villa, Olivia worked as a sales executive and Alex was a scaffolder and fitness model.Before her rise to fame, Olivia admitted she was so debt-ridden she had to sell her own sofa.

Lucie Donlan

In response, Women’s Aid’s co-chief executive Adina Claire said, "Controlling behaviour is never acceptable, and with Love Island viewers complaining to Ofcom about Joe’s possessive behaviour towards Lucie, more people are becoming aware of this and want to challenge it.

"Abusive relationships often start off with subtle signs of control, so it’s important that it is recognised at an early stage.

“Love Island viewers are now very vocal in calling out unhealthy behaviour between couples on the show, and this is a positive development.”

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Tommy and Lucie

An ITV source said, "We take the emotional well-being of all the Islanders extremely seriously.

"We have dedicated welfare producers and psychological support on hand at all times who monitor and regularly speak to all of the Islanders in private and off camera, especially if someone appears to be upset.

"All the Islanders are therefore fully supported by the professionals on site and by their friends in the villa. This means Islanders are always able to reach out and talk to someone if they feel the need. We will of course continue to monitor all of our Islanders in line with our robust protocols.

"Love Island holds a mirror up to relationships and all the different dynamics that go with them."

And a friend of Joe's said, "Joe is a great guy and you can tell how much he genuinely likes Lucie.

"Any suggestion online that he has been 'gaslighting' is unfair, you can see he only wants the best for Lucie and their time together in Love Island."

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse in a relationship, call the Freephone 24/7 National Domestic Violence Helpline, run by Women’s Aid in partnership with Refuge, on 0808 2000 247 or visit www.womensaid.org.uk.

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