‘I was a different person at home and I was too embarrassed to tell anyone’

My relationship quickly turned sour – my partner made accusations, threats and there was physical violence. One night she attacked me with a knife and was arrested. I lived in constant fear, I couldn’t eat or sleep. I thought I could help her and I kept it all a secret, thinking it was my fault.

When I spoke with my Dash worker she really understood – she didn’t judge me, she helped me feel stronger and I started to look to the future. It is a daily challenge but I feel determined now to find happiness with a partner who is kind and supportive, not abusive and cruel. Don’t suffer alone – I wish I had spoken to Dash sooner!

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