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Brave domestic abuse survivor wants you to see images of brutal injuries

A domestic abuse survivor has shared images of the injuries she endured at the hands of her former partner.

Leanne Gaskell’s skin peeled away from her face after her ex-boyfriend Paul Cave slashed her cheek open with a mug, leaving her covered in blood.

She had to call 999 herself and was taken to hospital, where Cave showed up to say how “sorry” he was, but then threatened he’d “have her shot” if she cooperated with police, Liverpool Echo reports.

Cave, from Liverpool but of no fixed address, admitted wounding and was jailed for four years over the attack on July 30, with an extended two years on licence.

Leanne has now spoken out for the first time about the terrifying experience in an effort to raise awareness of domestic abuse and to help other victims to feel less alone.

The 37-year-old told the ECHO she thought she was going to die on multiple occasions during her two year relationship with Cave, who subjected her to both physical and mental abuse.

Leanne Gaskell had her cheek slashed open by her then partner Paul Cave

The violence first started around a month into the relationship, when Leanne recalls Cave slapping her during an argument.

She said: “He was so controlling and I was scared right from the start, and once you’re in something like that you can’t get out.

“It just started with slaps and punches and then he’d start choking me until I passed out – that’s what he used to do all the time.”

Leanne said Cave would regularly confiscate her phone and social media accounts so she couldn’t reach out to people.

She said: “The bruises are constant, they’re normal. it became normal to have bruises on my body from him, it was like everyday.

“I thought he was going to kill me so many times.”

On one occasion, Leanne said she was left with a broken back after being repeatedly kicked in the spine by Cave, who confiscated her phone and wouldn’t let her go to hospital.

She said: “When he did my back I couldn’t walk at all and he wouldn’t let me go to hospital.

“My dad said he was coming round to see us and I had bruises on my face, so Paul brought the make up to me so I could put make up on, to hide it from my dad.

“I couldn’t stand up, I couldn’t move, I was sat on the couch in absolute agony.

“Three days he left my like that until I finally got my phone and phoned an ambulance. He just wouldn’t let me out or go to the hospital.”

The violence escalated even further on October 25 last year, when Cave headbutted and punched a wall in a drunken rage at Leanne’s home.

When she tried to calm him down, Cave called her a slut and broke a mug across her face, inflicting a 5cm long, 2.5cm deep wound, which has left a permanent scar.

He then fled from the house, leaving Leanne to call an ambulance herself and she was taken to hospital for treatment.

When arrested and interviewed later that day, Cave accepted he had been drinking at his victim’s home the night before.

However, he claimed he had left after an argument with his partner and denied causing any injury to her.

Things finally came to a head a few days later, when Leanne told Cave she didn’t want to be in a relationship with him anymore.

She said: “When I came out of hospital with my stitching, I went back to him and we went to stay with his friends in Melling – and that was the worst attack I’ve ever ever had.

Brave domestic abuse survivor wants you to see images of brutal injuries
Leanne has been left with permanent scars from the attack

“I said ‘I don’t want to be with you anymore’, and I’d sort of told him that we were splitting up anyway and then that’s why he battered me.

“I’d only just had my stiches done and he ripped all my stitches out. I genuinely thought he was going to kill me.”

A friend dialled 999 and Cave was arrested for a second time, before Leanne found the courage to give a statement to police.

Leanne added: “People say ‘why didn’t you just leave’ and it sounds so simple because why would somebody rationally put up with somebody treating them like that? But it’s just so hard.

“You’re trapped, you’re in it and you can’t get out, it’s like you’re brain washed.”

Cave has 22 previous convictions for 50 offences, dating back to 1989, including violence and dishonesty.

He was jailed for four years on July 30, with an extended two years on licence.

Leanne is keen to “get her life back together” after what’s happened, and is getting support from her local crisis and mental health services.

She has also been accepted to go back to college to complete an access course in nursing in the coming months.

If you have been affected by any issues mentioned in this article, you can contact the Domestic Violence Helpline for free on 0808 2000 247 or any of the following organisations:

Women’s AidRefugeWhite Ribbon



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