• 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.

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.