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Daughter of woman murdered by her partner speaks out about the impact domestic violence has on children

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

The daughter of a woman from Milton Keynes who was murdered by her abusive partner has been speaking out about the impact domestic violence has on children.

Kirstie McDonough was just 12-years-old when her mum Natalie Hemming was killed by her partner Paul Hemming. Despite having the same surname, the pair were not married.

Paul Hemming violently beat mother-of-three Natalie in the lounge of their home on 1 May, while their children slept upstairs.

Natalie, who was 31, suffered a fractured skull and broken arm in the savage attack as she tried to ward off blow after blow.

Mr Hemming was handed a life sentence with a minimum of 20 years.

Paul Flemming wrapped Natalie's body in a blanket and dumped it in woodland.

I used to see physical violence and shouting and all that kind of stuff.

It was just physical and verbal abuse. And mental abuse as well because it just kind of took over all your thought. All the time.

– Kirstie McDonough, Natalie Flemming's daughter
Kirstie McDonough is now a domestic abuse ambassador at her school

Kirstie now lives with her mum's sister Joanne Beverley in West Yorkshire.

She is a patron of Operation Encompass, an initiative that directly connects the police with schools to secure better outcomes for children who are subject or witness to police-attended incidents of domestic abuse.

She is also a domestic abuse ambassador at her school, working to ensure the same fate does not happen to anyone else.