'He punched her': Harrowing 999 call from a 10-year-old after watching his mum get beaten by her boyfriend

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"She's laying downstairs in the flat with blood all over her face."

These are the heartbreaking words a 10-year-old boy told a 999 call handler after witnessing his mum suffer abuse at the hands of her boyfriend.

When asked if she is awake, he replies: "I think so, covered in blood on her face...she fell over, but I don't know if it was her boyfriend who did it or not."

He continues to tell the call handler that since his mum and dad split up she has had quite a lot of arguments with recent boyfriends.

The abusive boyfriend was charged with assault and handed a suspended prison sentence. He's also been ordered to attend a rehabilitation course.

The video was released by the Avon and Somerset Constabulary as part of a month-long campaign on domestic violence.

Since November 2015 the force has been called out to 12,459 incidents of domestic abuse, resulting in 3,766 men and 586 women being arrested.