Anna Larke, the former girlfriend of TV presenter Justin Lee Collins, has spoken on camera about his controlling behaviour for the first time since he was convicted of harassment.
She told Daybreak that Collins would try to control her access to friends, what she wore and even how she spoke.
Miss Larke revealed that she had no hint that Collins had a controlling personality when they started the relationship. She said:
Miss Larke said that Collins gradually started trying to control her access to friends by forcing her to close her Facebook and Twitter accounts and to use a joint email address.
He even kept a notebook detailing her previous relationships and sexual encounters, she said.
During his trial, jurors heard a secret recording of Collins speaking to Miss Larke in a pub. He can be heard telling her to "look at the f****** ground" and to avoid looking at "any other f****** human being".
Ms Larke also admitted she had been reluctant to report Collins' behaviour to the police, and that it was her father who had approached them.
Speaking about Collins' sentence, she said: “I was pleased that he got convicted, but I was appalled at the sentence".
She said she now wants to help give a voice to the thousands of women and men trapped in abusive relationships.
She said: "I want to ... send out the message that emotional abuse can be more damaging than physical abuse ...
"External bruises fade but the bruises inside me, they are still there."
If you are in an abusive relationship, or know someone else who may be, there is help available:
- National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline - 0808 2000 247
- Rights of Women (legal advice for women) - 020 7251 6577
- Men's Advice Line - 0808 801 0327