A woman from Oxfordshire who experienced years of controlling and abusive behaviour from former partners is urging others not to suffer in silence.
The 37 year old - who wishes to remain anonymous - is backing a campaign aimed at raising awareness of what's known as 'coercive control.'
'Know this isn't Love' has been launched by Victims First - an organisation which supports victims of crime across the Thames Valley.
Watch the report by Mel Bloor:
To many, domestic abuse means physical harm, but there is another side to domestic abuse which leaves victims with invisible scars.
Wendy Walker, Victims First:
EXAMPLES OF COERCIVE CONTROL:
- Controlling someone's finances
- Control over their everyday life (e.g. where they go, who they see and what they can wear.)
- Depriving someone of basic needs, such as food.
Louise was subjected to coercive control in two relationships as a teenager.
She first met her ex-boyfriend when she was a teenager and the controlling behaviour began a few months into the relationship.
Now in a happy and healthy relationship, Louise is urging others to be aware of early warning signs.
Louise is now backing a new campaign launched by Victims First - an organisation which is managed by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley.
Matthew Barber, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner:
For Louise, she hopes by sharing her story, others will be able to change their lives for the better.