I grew up surrounded by domestic violence from the age of 5. So its of no surprise that I would fall into a series of toxic-violent relationships myself. At the age of 23 after being dragged down two flight of concrete stairs by the hair at a family party, I knew I had to escape.
Not long after that event I discovered I was pregnant with my second child. Thats when I left. I was punched in the head, he also attempted to put a screwdriver through my neck and on another occassion a knife. I was refused restraining orders, on the grounds my skin wasnt penetrated. I lost two stone during my preganancy.
I was a lucky one. I survived. So did my children. My perpetrator took his own life 5 weeks before my daughter was born. For the past 12 years I have overcome anxiety, depression, flashbacks - the lot. I am now training to become a social worker.
I would love to be a facilitator for the Freedom Programme run by Pat Craven, to help women like me overcome abuse. The programme can also assist men, and children. Empowering them to move forward in their life.
Thank you for listening to my journey.