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"This was the 1980’s and everyone, even my solicitor didn’t think
he’d get a prison sentence."
M: What made you go into this line of
S: I’m a survivor of domestic abuse
myself, albeit a long time ago, with my
first husband, back in the 1980’s. He is
the father of my eldest daughter who is
now 35 and has 2 children of her own
and I went through that experience for
about five years and managed to leave.
I wasn’t aware of any help or any
support I could get, I guess there was,
but I didn’t know about them. My exhusband was convicted of GBH with
intent, ABH and rape to me. His trial
was in the Old Bailey and he got six
and a half years.
I got a non-molestation order, before I
left him, I guess it was my way of
hoping that he would take notice and
stop being abusive but that isn’t what
While I had the injunction, he actually
broke my nose so, just after Christmas
in 1987, I left and reported him to the
police and they arrested him. He was
in court the next day for breaching the
injunction and he received a 2 month
prison sentence. This was the 1980’s
and everyone, even my solicitor didn’t
think he’d get a prison sentence and I
kind of knew that he was really going
to be angry when he got out of prison.
He came out after a month and one
night he broke into my flat, whilst I
was out with my daughter.
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