If you were to consult social media or the urban dictionary, you’d be inclined to think that it was appropriate to laugh at the idea of a ‘controlling girlfriend’. After all, what could be more amusing than the idea of a girl being capable of overpowering her partner? What a ludicrous idea!

Jealous, controlling and downright stalker-ish girlfriends are all too familiar to those of us who use the internet on a daily basis. They are portrayed in everything from popular memes to YouTube videos to viral tweets, where they brandish sharp objects and lose their temper over their partner’s Instagram activity for comedic effect. But in reality, a controlling girlfriend is no joke.

Let this male victim’s story of domestic abuse explain why…

Is there anything funny about the fact that one in six men are victims of domestic abuse? Can you honestly laugh at the fact that roughly 30 men per year are murdered by their abusive partner? Shockingly, that figure doesn’t even factor in the men who, so embarrassed by their situation and socially stigmatized to stay quiet, see no other solution but to take their own life.

Sadly, as with most cases of domestic abuse, the truth is not revealed until the situation escalates and the police are called.

That was exactly what happened in the case of Jordan Worth, who repeatedly abused her boyfriend over the course of several years.

The 22-year-old from Bedfordshire, England, began dating her boyfriend, who remains anonymous, in 2012. The pair met at college when they were 16-years-old and their relationship quickly intensified.