"The sound of the key turning in the lock after he had been at the pub filled us all with dread."
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"I was worried about the domestic violence my children had seen and how it might affect them. The NSPCC’s work with my children gave them the light back behind their eyes."
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"I knew what he was doing was wrong. I wanted it to stop but part of me was afraid to speak out."
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"I'd kept this to myself for so long before I told anyone. My memory went blank as soon as I walked into the room."
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"I didn't feel as though I was in control of my life… I was constantly being told by adults that I had to do things I didn't want to do."
Read Annie's story
"At the first session I got to meet other young people... I started to feel a bit more normal and realised for the first time that I wasn’t alone."
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"We're able to speak about things we never did before, and getting everything out in the open was the most amazing weight off my shoulders."
Read Christine's story
"I knew it was wrong from the first punch when I was 16. But I was very young and scared, and worried about coping on my own."
Read Alison's story
"Dad would spend as much as £40 a day on heroin, but only £20 a fortnight on food."
Read John's story
"My sister's relationship with my mum was better than mine. She would get yelled at and hit, but it was me who bore the brunt of mum's anger."
Read Pete's story
"Although Caroline was very protective of Alice, she wasn't responding emotionally to Alice's needs."
Read Caroline and Peter's story
"I'd noticed my oldest child, who is 17, starting to behave the way I was – he thought it was acceptable."
Read Gary's story
"It’s so important for young people to get the right help early on... If I’d not had to wait so long then I might not have turned to drugs and things might have been different."
Read Tia's story
"Backing me into the corner until I was whimpering and crying, he would just laugh at me and walk away, satisfied by my distress."
Read Fiona's story
"If I had got help earlier it would have helped me to come to terms with the assault earlier and I could have started to get on with my life. It would have stopped the anger bubbling away inside me."
Read Jamie's story
"Children have an incredible capacity to heal, to be creative, to think of new ideas."
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"I felt ignored by my social workers and like I didn't have any power or say in what was happening in my life."
Read Geoff's story
"I asked her if anyone had touched her anywhere private other than me or her father."
Read Helen and Maisie's story
"I was concerned that the NSPCC would judge me and potentially take my daughter off me for being a bad parent."
Read Mel's story
"I think there needs to be more support given to young people returning home after they've been in care."
Read Kerry's story
"The men were a lot older than me but they didn't blink an eye when I said I was 13."
Read Leila's story
"When I lived with my dad I felt like nothing. I felt like he didn’t care about me, all he cared about was the drugs."
Read Kimberley's story
"George stormed into my room, grabbed Sofia's cot and smashed it to bits in the car park."
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"He'd arranged to meet the girls out of school on the Monday and take them off with him."
Read Leslie's story
"People knew I was struggling but they didn't know the extent."
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"Baby Steps helped me to reduce my anxiety because I felt that if something went wrong, I could call Jenny and Sara to ask them about it."
Read Joanna's story
""I started to call Childline when I was 8. I was very angry and had a temper so I talked to them about that and the violence at home""
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"I think they underestimated what they would get from her but she is a very smart, switched-on little girl."
Read Rachel's story
"I even felt lonely when mum and dad were in the house because mentally they were completely out of it."
Read Sophie's story
"I'd pulled my bedroom door off its hinges a couple of times. I didn't know how to deal with my anger."
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"I had nowhere to go and I didn't know what to do. I came to a phone box and decided to call Childline. It was great to feel listened to."
Read Louise's story
""I was an 11-year-old girl wandering around by myself at night and I was scared. Luckily I saw the number for Childline.""
Read Leanne's story
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