It was the first of several interviews where I heard shocking stories about women being abused by former partners.
I heard from women who had been attacked with hammers, throttled, beaten and knocked unconscious. Sometimes the abuse occurred on an almost daily basis. The women’s children had often witnessed the attacks, or been present in the home when these horrific incidents had occurred.
I also heard about more subtle forms of abuse; one man had prevented his wife from learning English so she was forced to rely on him to communicate with the outside world.
These experiences had a profound effect on the women, but their strength and resilience inspired me: they had managed to leave these dire situations and take positive steps towards a brighter future.