Parents of murdered Keely McGrath speak on the anniversary of her death
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One year ago today, mother-of-five Keely McGrath was murdered at the hands of her partner, Anthony Davis.
The 30-year-old's death devastated her family and sent shockwaves through their lives that will be felt for many years to come.
For her parents, Martin and Claire, the crushing news of Keely's death also brought with it a heartbreaking revelation - that Keely had been a victim of coercive, controlling behaviour and domestic abuse for several years.
And she had suffered in silence.
The family only learned of the abuse during Davis' crown court trial, after which he was found guilty of murder and jailed for life with a minimum of 24 years.
Now, on the anniversary of their daughter's death, they have come forward to share Keely's story.
In three chapters, they explain the relationship between Keely and Davis as they saw it, how Davis' manipulation was eventually revealed to them, and the aftermath of the murder.
Martin and Claire hope that by sharing the story, other victims of similar domestic abuse may see that they are not alone, that there are organisations out there to help, and that if friends and family look out for the signs of domestic abuse, a life may be saved.
This is Keely's Story.
Watch the entire playlist by clicking through to YouTube on the link above.
That includes information on our partner organisations and services such as the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Helpline. The line is open 24 hours a day on 0800 0198 668 and can help people experiencing domestic abuse themselves, or people ringing on someone else's behalf. There is also a text option for those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing: 07557 800313.
Davis, 40, of Alfred Street, South Normanton, was found guilty by a jury and jailed for life, with a minimum of 24 years.