A WOMAN was so badly injured that she could not open her eyes after her partner hit her with a TV speaker.
Lynn Hart suffered under the hands of David Harrison after repeatedly slapping her face and punching her with a soundbar.
Pictures taken after the attack show 53-year-old Lynn, barely able to open her eyes, whose face is covered in bruises.
52-year-old Harrison went into rage after returning to his home in Lower Gornal, Dudley, from a nearby liquor store.
After beating Lynn until she fell to the ground, he stomped on and spat on her.
The incident was the last in a series of attacks and the last straw for Lynn, who had reported the attack of the West Midlands Police.
"I really thought he was going to kill me," she told BirminghamLive.
"He hit me in the face again and then took the TV speaker and hit me with it.
"I can not remember how I got out of the apartment … it's all blurry.
"I went to my son's house, where he called the ambulance and the police.
"I love David, that's why I stayed with him in the hope that he will change … but I knew my life would be in danger if I stayed with him and was enough."
Imprisoned for seven years
Harrison was arrested the following day and initially tried to tell the police that Lynn had fallen down a flight on a flight of stairs, but was charged with wounding.
Later he admitted the charge and was arrested on September 3 for seven years at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
Lynn continued, "We got together about six months after the meeting and in the beginning everything was great.
"But he was a heavy drinker and slowly things started to go awry.
"At first it was verbal abuse to get me down and tell me things like" your family does not love you, only I love you ".
"But then he started the physical attacks … and they got worse over time.
"I would make up extra makeup and find excuses for anyone who sees through the concealer."
"THE POLICE WAS ABLE TO HELP"
Lynn wants to share her story to raise awareness among victims of domestic violence of police and support groups for their help.
She continued, "Every time he apologized and told me it would never happen again.
"But I also thought it would not make sense to report it to the police as it was my word against his word, I would not believe it and he would beat me even more.
"But that turned out to be wrong and the police had enough to convict him.
"Looking back, I should have included the police earlier, but it is easy to say in retrospect.
"They supported me from the moment I reported it, believed in me – that was important – and led me through the lawsuit.
"TALK TO SOMEONE"
Lynn also says that it is possible to break out of an abusive relationship.
"There could be thousands of people … in the position I was torn between their love for a partner, but every day they were afraid that they could be attacked for no reason, just with a stray look or word, "she said.
"Or no reason at all. What I would say is to get help.
"Her abusive partner is unlikely to change suddenly, talk to groups like Women's Aid and talk to the police.
"They can help you to escape violent situations and come to the other side.
"I know how difficult it can be to break away, but I really feel like if I had stayed longer with David, I would have ended up dead."
Detective Inspector Catherine Webb-Jones of the Department of Public Defense of the Armed Forces said, "Lynn's call comes from the heart: victims of abuse must find the courage to seek support, do not suffer alone and do not tolerate abuse."
"Lynn is a survivor, and other victims can console themselves and seek their own comfort from the courage it has shown.
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"The West Midlands Police will strive to protect vulnerable people from further harm and to identify the triggers of abuse.
"Through referrals to support groups and charities such as Women's Aid, we can help victims take action to prevent further damage, and action by perpetrators addresses the causes of domestic abuse, hoping to change their behavior."
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