Keely's Story - Chapter One
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It’s day eleven of the 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence today, and we’re also just days away from the second anniversary of the death of Keely McGrath.
30-year-old Keely was murdered by her partner Anthony Davis in their home in South Normanton on 13 December 2018.
December will always be a difficult time for her family and for Keely’s parents Martin and Claire, who only learnt the full extent of the coercive and controlling behaviour and abuse she had endured in the several years leading up to her death.
Keely suffered this abuse in silence.
Martin and Claire shared Keely’s story with us to let other victims know that they are not alone, that there is help out there, and to make others aware of the signs they may see in their own loved ones.
They hope to prevent another life from being taken and to stop others from suffering similar abuse.
The story is filmed in three parts, and we’ll be sharing them over the next three days.
In chapter one they relive the day they discovered their daughter had died, the aftermath of her killing and the impact it has had on their family.
Davis, 40, of Alfred Street, South Normanton, was found guilty by a jury and jailed for life, with a minimum of 24 years.
If you are a victim of abuse or if you have concerns about someone you can report it online here, www.derbyshire.police.uk/reportdomesticabuse or by calling 101. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service on 18001 101.
On social media, you can also contact us through Facebook, send us a private message to www.facebook.com/DerbyshireConstabulary or direct message our contact centre on Twitter, @DerPolContact.
In an ongoing emergency, or where life is in danger, call 999 immediately. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service 18000 or text us on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service. The Silent Solution can help you if speaking could put you or someone else in danger.
There are also partner support services local to Derbyshire who can help you. You can find their details on our website here: https://www.derbyshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/support-helplines/