Victim: ‘I’m free now’

Silhoueete pic of domestic violence victim Sarah* (not real name) who finally reported her abusive partner after 10 years of violence.She has agreed to talk about her experience to encourage other victims to go to the police.
Silhoueete pic of domestic violence victim Sarah* (not real name) who finally reported her abusive partner after 10 years of violence.She has agreed to talk about her experience to encourage other victims to go to the police.
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A WOMAN who found the courage to leave her violent partner after a decade of unimaginable abuse has told other victims to speak out.

Sarah, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, was attacked with hammers, kicked, punched and headbutted when she was nine months’ pregnant.

What started as a normal relationship quickly spiralled into daily physical and mental abuse which left Sarah ashamed and afraid her partner would carry out his threats to kill her if she left him.

The mum-of-two, from Wakefield, said: “He changed into a monster. He was controlling – I wasn’t allowed to wear make-up, or particular clothes, I got told who I could talk to, if I spoke to a man I got accused of sleeping with them, I wasn’t allowed out of the house without him.

“Eventually I couldn’t take it any more, he was going to put me in a grave, I had to step up and be strong for my family.”

Her partner was convicted and jailed and on his release a restraining order was placed him to protect Sarah and her family.

She said: “The police have been amazing. My life’s turned around so much – I’m free now.

“I want to help other victims now - they can be free as well.”

Supt Scott Bisset said: “Many victims of domestic violence don’t report what has happened to them because they are afraid. But by speaking out about the unacceptable things that happened to her Sarah has shown that if victims report these crimes to us we will take action.

“The Christmas period has in the past seen a rise in domestic violence and we want to make sure that the message gets across that it will not be tolerated, whatever the time of year, and those who commit it will be tracked down and arrested.”

Call police on 101 or 999 in an emergency, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.