A young woman whose abusive former partner beat her and then kissed her bruises has explained how her life has turned around after she bravely spoke out against him.
Kaylin Mauchlen finally plucked up the courage to speak to police the second time she was hospitalised after being subjected to a brutal beating by her ex, Luke Strain.
Her injuries included a suspected fractured arm, blood loss, a black eye and concussion – the latest in a catalogue of abuse she was subjected to.
Her bravery in coming forward eventually saw her violent ex partner jailed for 16 months at Shrewsbury Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Now more than three years later, she considers her life as ‘amazing’ and is intending to raise money and awareness for domestic violence charities.
In the time it has passed, she has found a job as a carer, is renting her own house and has found a new boyfriend, Damien, 23.
She has also paid back the £20,000 her grandparents left her to cover the bills she racked up when her ex prevented her going to work.
On top of all this, she set up a domestic violence support group to help others who found themselves in a similar position to her.
‘I’m amazing now. I have an amazing boyfriend who loves me and who’s shown me what it’s like to be treated like a princess,’ she told the Mirror.
‘The journey itself is hard. Coming out of it, there are so many ups and downs and obstacles.
‘But the feeling you get coming out of it cannot be described through words. There’s no way to describe how it feels.’
In an emotional video, published last October, Kaylin repaid her grandparents the money they lent her.
Unable to save enough, she had turned to Crowdfunding to raise the cash and then presented it to them in a gift box.