“In terms of a relationship it was awful. It meant I was reliant on him entirely, and he used it as a guilt trip and to make me feel lesser. It pushed me to get a mobility scooter so I could be independent.” – Erin Smith, victim of domestic abuse
At this time she has improved a lot and only uses a walking stick at times.
Normally, Erin would have a way out of the fights but the lockdown made things harder for her.
“Normally when he goes off the rails, I’d go to like a coffeeshop and that would kind of be safe because it was public. It was somewhere to go to sort of get a break and where there were like, witnesses.” – Erin Smith, victim of domestic abuse