“He locked me up in the house”

I lived with this man for one and half years and he treated me like an animal.

He beat and bashed me up so many times that I lost count and when I would leave him and go back to my family he would just turn up and walk into my family home and drag me out.  He has no respect for my family.

He locked me up in the house where we stayed and he left with other partners and if I said anything to him he would beat me. Once, he bashed me up with water hose, empty gas bottle and whatever objects he got. After beating me, he would just lock me in the house until the black marks and bruises disappeared from my body and then he would let me out.

I remember thinking at one point that this was it, this was my life and I had to just learn to put up with the beatings.

One day he beat me up and he fell asleep, so I slowly sneaked outside and ran onto the street and I met a vehicle on my way.  I stopped the vehicle and begged the driver to drop me to one of my relative’s house.

They told me to call WCCC where they can help me and they dropped me to the centre.

I talked to one of the counsellors about my case and I stayed in their safe house while they worked on my case.

I feel safe and happy now and I can make my own decisions and the best decision I made was to  leave this violent relationship for good and move on my life.

To all women and girls who are in the same situation with me and do not know where to look for help and support, please look and keep asking for help, never think for one minute that this is the life you deserve!  I am free of it and so you can be too!