Here we talk to Clare* about her life growing-up. She tells us about reluctantly coming to our DIVA group for young mums affected by domestic abuse.
Clare was violent towards her own mum
After witnessing domestic violence as a child, she thought it was an acceptable way to behave, regularly attacking her mum as a teenager. Clare was referred to St Michael's by social workers when she had a baby 5 years ago. At the time she was 16 and being domestically abused by her long-term boyfriend but she couldn't see it or see herself as a victim.