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Sarah's story

Woman removing a plaster from covering her mouth.

It started with jealousy, checking my phone and emails, disapproving of male friends despite having female friends himself.

He told me that his ex had cheated on him, so I mistook the jealousy for insecurity.

In reality, it was all about control.

He also said he had PTSD, to which I then attributed any strange behaviour and felt for him.

He once threw a hot bowl of soup at me, scolding me and smashing the bowl. He then grabbed the smashed crockery and slashed his wrist with it.

I also had minor cuts on my wrist that he inflicted. Afterwards, he denied what he had done to me that evening and it was all about his suicide attempt. I went back with him.

A few years later, I finally ended this abusive relationship after the birth of my second child.

He was vile during that most emotional and vulnerable time.

Enough was enough.

At a point when I asked him to leave, he went home and cut himself with a Stanley knife, took selfies and sent them to me saying that he had hurt me and lied to me.

I now understand that this kind of behaviour is classic.

Support services

REFUGE: WARWICKSHIRE'S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ABUSE SERVICE . If you are experiencing domestic violence in Warwickshire, Refuge’s domestic violence and abuse service can support you and your children to keep safe. Refuge is a county-wide service that provides support to women, men and children experiencing domestic violence in Warwickshire.

Telephone: 0800 408 1552

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