Domestic abuse victim speaks out

Published Friday, 16 May 2014
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A woman has spoken of the horrific physical and sexual abuse she suffered for years at the hands of her former partner in order to encourage others to seek help.

Terri-Louise Graham, who has waived her right to anonymity, was in court on Friday for a pre-sentence hearing after her ex-partner Greg Deyzel Logue pleaded guilty to eight charges of indecent assault and six of common assault.

Logue, 34 and from Duddy's Court in the Waterside area of the city, is already serving a seven-year sentence for a separate attack on Terri-Louise.

He is awaiting sentencing for abuse he inflicted between 2008 and 2011.

Logue frequently hit Terri-Louise, even in public and even beat her while she was pregnant.

She told UTV: "I was dragged through the streets, I had every item of clothing ripped off me, I was naked in the street, he beat my head off the walls, he jumped up and down on me and smashed a TV on me.

"He sexually assaulted me, in the worst way possible, repeatedly - he degraded me."

Terri-Louise received horrific injuries in a prolonged attack which went on for hours and was only stopped when police officers arrived at the door.

She has decided to speak up to show others suffering domestic abuse that they should not accept it.

"The first time you speak out is the hardest," she said.

"The first time you tell anybody you are so ashamed because you are made to feel like it's your fault, you are made to feel guilty and ashamed and all those things but it's not your fault.

EXTERNAL LINKS / CONTACTS
National Domestic Violence Helpline telephone: 0800 917 1414
Women's Aid telephone: 0808 802 1414
"You have to realise that it doesn't matter what excuse they give you, nobody has the right to hurt you."
© UTV News
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15 Comments
Colin in Carryduff wrote (125 days ago):
He shoudn't walk the streets again.As someone who lived with domestic violence in our house when younger to all you out there going through the same get your family out and never go back as it will never change no matter what promises there are.
Elaine in Belfast wrote (125 days ago):
I am so PROUD of YOU , to come forward against an abusive partner takes courage. I feel sickened that you had to endure such a lifestyle for so long. I just long to give you the biggest hug. I hope others' will have courage , as you have shown,to find the inner strength to seek help. You are in my prayers,I wish you the best,take care of yourself. (I was once in your shoes) x
natz in belfast wrote (126 days ago):
this woman is so brave for speaking out takes alot of courage to bite your pride and let everyone know what you have been going through i hope that more women sprak out too x
Jen in Belfast wrote (127 days ago):
I've been a victim and I hid it for years. So for this girl to waive her anonymity I have nothing but respect and admiration for her.
robert in belfast wrote (127 days ago):
what kind of a scumbag would do this to a women? i am sure his mother is proud of him?
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