‘I was in a relationship for 4 years with a man who was emotionally and physically abusive to me. I was young and unexperienced and I was made to think that it was my fault if he treated me that way. I found out that I was pregnant with his child. He became even more abusive as the time past. I tried to leave him many times but he always found a way to take me back, first by emotional black mail then by threatening me.Tilly Coen
I was raised in a loving family and I knew this wasn’t the way I wanted to raise my child.
One day after an argument in the car, he punched me in the face and knocked my front tooth loose. I had no choice but to stay quiet and let him calm down. he carried on punching me.
When he left me later in the day I decided to call the police and report what he had done to me and left with my baby daughter and with help from my family I moved out.
As soon as the court case came up I finally felt that there could be justice however he only ended up with a £300 fine and he didn’t get put away for his tormenting inexcusable violent behaviour.
Now I look back on this as a lesson, not to ever stay with anyone who bullies me emotionally or physically because in the end there is always a bigger price to pay.’