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'Sarah'

'Sarah'

Name: 'Sarah'
Age: 16
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Yorkshire region
Campaign: Raising awareness about the effects of domestic violence

I think every kid just wants a normal family, but sometimes that’s not the case.

 

Growing up, I lived in fear, because my father was abusive to me, my sister and my mum.

 

When he was outside the house, he was nice dad, being bubbly and funny, but it was just an act, because behind closed doors he was violent. 

 

What’s happened has happened - I can’t change it. But what I can do now is use my experience to inform others about the effects of domestic abuse and encourage victims to get help.

 

Having this chance to raise awareness is absolutely fantastic, because I know I’m not the only one who has suffered domestic abuse. So it gives me a chance to show that it doesn’t have to be like this for the rest of your life – there is a way out.

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