This is a very emotional story about a family trying to cope with domestic abuse.
It can take a lot of courage to stand up to a controlling abuser and if you, or anyone you know, would like to talk to someone confidentially about this issue please call the team on 01865 781181.
December 19, 2003, was a Friday. I know this because it is a date etched deeply and painfully in my memory. My husband and I came home from a party to find the answerphone message that would change my life for ever. ‘Mum, please call. I’ve been attacked.’ It was my eldest daughter, then 29, speaking in a trembling whisper.