I finally managed to speak to someone on the domestic violence helpline last night. I know what to do if I need to leave in a hurry now. It means a lot to me to know that I have somewhere to go if I need it. I’m trying my best at the moment to keep it all a secret from my family. I’ve had to do it most of my life really as they disapprove of so much. I used to be so close to my mum but all I see now is a gap, because we can’t even sit like any mother and daughter and talk about what really matters. My mum and dad actually dated before they married, like I am doing, but they’d hate me for doing the same. It makes no sense to me.

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