Herefordshire woman releases photos following a severe attack – to encourage other victims to get help.
A domestic violence victim from Herefordshire has told Free Radio she thought she was going to die.
Natalie Allman was attacked three times in the middle of the night in February by her ex Jason Hughes in the home they shared in Ross-On-Wye.
The former Territorial Army Soldier tried to suffocate the 27-year-old with a pillow, he cut her throat with a pen knife, leaving her with a 20-inch scar and repeatedly hit over the head with a dumb bell.
The attack came 2 months after she called off their wedding and they split up because of his heavy drinking but they were still living together while he found a new place to stay.
Natalie eventually passed out and when the attacks stopped at 7am, Hughes allowed her to call 999. She was taken to hospital and Hughes was arrested.
She’s described the attack to us:
The mother-of-two has revealed how she thought she was going to die:
“I said a few times in the night I don’t want to die, I was just thinking about the children being left with no parents.
Natalie also says she’s lucky to be alive, “I was told two more milimetres and I would have died. It would have hit a major artery then, it was close.
“I’m just trying to forget it all now, I’d like everyone to know what he did.”
Natalie on her recovery:
Hughes, 40, was jailed at Worcester Crown Court for 9 years earlier this month for malicious wounding with intent to cause grevious bodily harm. The court was told: “His intention was to cause a hideous scar.”
Natalie is now being praised for coming forward and telling her story by a domestic violence charity in Herefordshire.
Jan Francis is from West Mercia Women’s Aid:
“It takes a lot of courage. She’s got children, she’s got a life to move onto, she’ll want to be remaking her life and moving away from domestic violence.
“And the reason why she’s doing it (speaking out) I’m sure is because she wants to highlight the issue and point out the dangers to other women and that’s really brave.
“When people are experiencing domestic abuse, it feels very isolated, it feels as if you’re the only one in the world this is happening to and it’s really important for other women to see that is does happen, that it happens to many women and that there is a life afterwards.”
If you’re experiencing domestic abuse you can call West Mercia Women’s Aid in Herefordshire on 0800 7831359 or 0800 9803331 in Worcestershire.
*Pictures courtesy of South-West News Team.