DEAR DEIDRE: WITHOUT your help, I’m not sure that I would have ever left my abusive ex.
My kids, aged nine and five, watched me get beaten black and blue for years.
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My partner didn’t adjust well to the financial and emotional pressures of being a parent – and he’d take it out on me. He’s now 36, I’m 37.
He’d scream if I went over his budget for groceries, and hit me for treating the kids to new clothes from Primark.
But you convinced me to contact the National Domestic Helpline.
They encouraged me to tell someone I trusted about what was happening, so I told my sister.
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She’s been incredible, and cleared out her spare room so myself and the kids had somewhere to go.
She also helped me get a civil order against my partner, so he can no longer contact me.
I know the kids are going to need counselling for some time, but we already feel so much more free.
DEIDRE SAYS: No one deserves to be treated as you or your kids were, so I am glad you found the courage to leave and report him.
You may also need to talk to help you deal with this, so don’t be afraid to ask for help from your friends, family and GP.
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