As a survivor of domestic violence, Hayley Lowles from Chelmsford knows all about the feelings of shame and isolation abusive relationships can bring.
Last month her ex-partner was jailed for her attempted murder, following a horrific attack.
But now Hayley is rebuilding her life, and told ITV News she wants others in abusive relationships to know that they too can come forward and get help.
Click below to hear Hayley's story.
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