My husband went to prison for beating me. I had fractured ribs and had to wear a corset. After three days he bought his freedom and got out. Then he sent some men with rifles to kill my father and I told them: Kill me instead.

After three days he bought his freedom and got out.” 

Age: 39

He forced his way in to my father’s home then he rang me and said he would kill everyone, my whole family, so I said I’d go straight over. I went with him and then there was a year of assaults and rape and everything you can imagine.  We used to sell bread on the streets.

One day I felt I couldn’t take any more. I have five children and he’s the father of the four youngest. Now I have to move forwards, and not take a single step backwards.