Domestic abuse survivor tells of how abuse drove him to try and take his own life
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A domestic abuse survivor has told how he tried to take his own life following years of physical, psychological and financial abuse.
Stephen, whose name has been changed, told his story in order to help others suffering abuse come forward.
In the video Stephen explains how his relationship with his ex-partner began normally but over time her behaviour became more and more controlling eventually taking control of his finances and abusing him with both her hands and mind.
He eventually managed to leave the relationship but, such was the impact of the abuse, that he attempted to take his own life.
His testimony is raw, honest and, at times, difficult to watch – but it is vitally important. Stephen is a survivor and his message to others suffering abuse is simple: You are not alone and help is out there.
If you are experiencing abuse, or you are concerned that a friend, colleague or loved one is in an abusive relationship, then you can access support or report it to police through any of these methods:
Derbyshire Domestic Abuse support line: 0800 0198 668 (any time).