The Devil Inside the Man
Destiny finally finds the confidence to tell her story about the fear of protecting herself and unborn child whilst enduring a violent relationship.
I was heavily pregnant as I felt the first blow. As I fell to the floor I could see in his eyes that the man I once loved was gone and the devil had been reborn.
As he dragged me by my hair down the hall I started to scream and I could hear those words leave his lips: ‘shut up’ he shouted as the dragging stopped and he sat on my chest, pinning me to the floor. I screamed ‘no more’ as he repeatedly banged my head off the floor.
That 20 minutes or so it seemed, felt like the longest time of my life. I was numb from head to toe with silent tears down my face.
At last, the beating had stopped as the devil got off and turned and walked away. I curled up in a ball on the hard cold floor and put both my hands on our unborn child, just to feel her move in my stomach. It was a sigh of relief as we were both still alive.
This is the first time I’ve spoke out about this as I wouldn’t have had the confidence if it wasn’t for Tyneside Women's Health and the freedom program.
Three women who had experienced domestic violence tell their stories as part of the world’s largest campaign of men working to end violence towards women.