18 months ago Lisa-Marie escaped a relationship that she described as 'psychologically abusive'.
She said although there were no physical signs that she was being abused, her colleagues noticed her mood and personality change.
They asked her if she was ok and it was this that enabled her to speak out about what she was experiencing at home.
Lisa-Marie was one of four survivors of domestic abuse that helped launch a new campaign called 'Don't Be A Bystander'. It is encouraging people to act if they are worried someone they know is, or may be, experiencing domestic violence or abuse.
The number of bystanders who have called the Live Fear Free domestic abuse helpline has increased by 15%.
Mary, (not her real name) is a survivor of domestic abuse.
She said her colleagues had noticed her behaviour change and one sat her down to say “that’s one bruise too many”.
Mary’s neighbours also had suspicions and became involved when her daughter went to them for help. They brought Mary into their home and she accepted their offer to ring the police. Her partner was arrested that night.
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