Video series finale shows devastation of domestic abuse
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As we come to the end of a national campaign against domestic violence, we are sharing the final part in a series showing the devastation this violence can cause.
Nearly four years on from mother-of-five Keely McGrath’s murder, the impact that the 30-year-old’s death has had on her family is still immeasurable.
She had suffered severe domestic abuse at the hands of her partner, Anthony Davis, for many years, ultimately resulting in her death. But she suffered in silence.
December is still a heartbreaking time for the family, but they continue to have hope that, by sharing Keely's story, a life could be saved.
With families and friends reuniting over the Christmas period, it is a chance to check on those close to us; to be aware of the tell-tale signs of domestic abuse in any of its forms; to consider confiding in someone, or asking if they are ok.
In this third and final chapter of Keely's Story, which we are re-sharing as part of the national 16 days of activism against gender-based abuse, her parents, Martin and Claire, reflect on the legacy of their daughter's death.
They hope that by telling Keely's story, other men and women who find themselves the victims of domestic abuse might be encouraged to seek support.
This could be a call to one of the many organisations dedicated to offering advice and help to people affected by domestic abuse, such as the 24/7 Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0800 0198 668, and not just a phone call to the police.
Davis, 40, of Alfred Street, South Normanton, was found guilty by a jury and jailed for life, with a minimum of 24 years.
Whilst there is a long way to go, Martin and Claire remain determined to play their part in stopping domestic abuse by bravely sharing Keely's experience of it and speaking of the aftermath of her death. Keely's legacy could be saving other lives.