When the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall found herself being emotionally and physically abused by her boyfriend, she kept it to herself for months - now she's urging other victims not to make the same mistake she did.
Alison Hernandez was assaulted then stalked by her ex-partner when she ended their relationship last year. She said her role made her reluctant to report his abusive behaviour: "My job is to protect the vulnerable, so to present myself as vulnerable to the police was a difficult thing to do."
She also spoke of the impact stalking has on victims: "It does affect you - it affects your everyday life and it affects you psychologically, I think that’s the bit that’s really challenging around stalking as it’s really hard to prove that in a court."
Finally, she advised anyone concerned about stalking to keep a diary and speak out: "It’s really important to keep a diary log - I pretty much handed that over to the police, so it meant they could arrest him quite quickly."