‘Violent and controlling bully’ jailed for repeated assault and intimidation

A “violent and controlling bully” who repeatedly assaulted, intimidated and harassed a woman has been jailed.

Michael Hyla punched his victim in the face on one occasion and strangled her on another.

In addition to these attacks in April and August 2021, he also downloaded tracking apps to his phone, destroyed his passport and used hidden cameras to spy on him.

Hyla, 45, was arrested on October 4 when Nottinghamshire Police were alerted to her behaviour.

Just 20 minutes after leaving police custody, he breached his bail conditions by contacting his victim on social media. He then spent much of the day harassing her from a distance before being arrested again.

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Hyla, of Mansfield, later pleaded guilty to controlling and coercive behavior, assault by beating and actual bodily harm.

Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday May 18, he was jailed for a total of three years.

Detective Constable Ella Redfern, Nottinghamshire Police, said: ‘Hyla is a violent and controlling bully who carried out a very deliberate and chilling campaign of physical and emotional abuse against his victim. His actions were utterly despicable and I am glad he has now been held accountable.

“We treat violence against women and girls very seriously and will always work tirelessly to investigate allegations and bring perpetrators to justice.

“All we need is a simple call from a victim or their family to begin our work and hold those responsible to account.

“We also work closely with a range of expert support organizations to ensure victims receive the help and support they need.”


The following organizations provide support for victims of domestic violence in Nottinghamshire.

To report domestic abuse to Nottinghamshire Police, please call the non-emergency number 101 or, in an emergency, always call 999.

For more information on domestic violence, please read our support for survivors of domestic violence page.

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Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid website

Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid provides a wide range of services for women, young people and children.

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Newark Women’s Aid website

Newark Women’s Aid provides safe accommodation, with associated support services, for women with or without children who are experiencing or have experienced any form of physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or economic abuse. Such : 01636 679687

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Help with domestic violence

The only registered charity in the UK running non-molestation orders, prohibited step orders and occupancy orders

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Men’s Advice Line website

Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic violence and abuse.

It offers emotional support, practical advice and information on a wide range of services for further help and support.

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Helping Juno Women

The Juno 24-hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline offers support to women, teens and children who have been affected by domestic or sexual violence.

Tel: 0808 800 0340

Email: [email protected]

Deaf and hard of hearing women can access the helpline by:

Text/NGT Relay: 18001 0808 800 0340 24 hours

Email: [email protected] daily, 9am-9pm

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Equation: Domestic Violence Support for Men

Equation provides a free men’s helpline that is available Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A confidential 24/7 answering service is also available.

Call: 0115 960 5556

E-mail: [email protected]

Equation also runs the Respect Not Fear website for younger kids, which offers help, advice and links to support.

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Nottinghamshire Alliance Against Violence

Take a stand against violence. “Like” our Alliance Against Violence Facebook page

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Nottinghamshire Independent Domestic Abuse Service website

NIDAS is a registered charity, formerly known as Mansfield and Ashfield Women’s Aid.

Its objective is to help people who are victims of domestic violence.

They work hard with other agencies to raise awareness about domestic violence

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Karma Nirvana website

Karma Nirvana is a registered charity that supports victims and survivors of forced marriages and honour-based abuse.

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Brightsky app

A free-to-download app providing support and information for people affected by domestic violence, available in 5 languages, has a unique directory of support services and links to other resources, including a journal where you can log incidents.

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Hollie Guard app

Protect people – a simple shake or tap activates Hollie Guard, immediately notifying chosen contacts, identifying your location and sending audio and video evidence directly to their cell phones.

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Broxtowe Women’s Project (BWP)

BWP is there to help women living in the Borough of Broxtowe who are victims of domestic violence.

Learn more about our services below.

Call us if you need our help on 01773 719 111 or email [email protected]

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