Women's Aid supports thousands of women and their children to escape and survive domestic violence every year. We know that many women go on to live safe, violence-free and happy lives.
Read some of their stories below and watch the "Women's Voices" video here.
You should know that these accounts contain some upsetting detail of women's experiences of violence and abuse. If you are being hurt or abused yourself - or if you know someone who is - you may not wish to read on.
If this is your situation please phone our National Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
"I'd gone from being a strong, independent woman to this quivering wreck with no friends, no job, and no confidence." Read Siobhán's story »
"When I was pregnant he became more aggressive and violent, I was sick for the first three months and was tired all the time. I just wanted to sleep when I wasn't working, but he said I was being selfish and insensitive to him." Read Jane's story »
"I have to walk on eggshells most of the time and have sex with him whenever he wants, just to keep him happy." Read Suzanne's story »
“The first time my husband hit me was on our honeymoon.” Read Maureen's story»