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Domestic violence victim talks about the injuries inflicted by her partner when she was six months pregnant - as he smashed her

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Domestic violence victim talks about the injuries inflicted by her partner when she was six months pregnant - as he smashed her

Domestic violence victim talks about the injuries inflicted by her partner when she was six months pregnant - as he smashed her

A brave woman who was six months pregnant when her violent partner smashed her in the face with a hammer has shared these horrific images of the injuries.

Gemma Griffin was attacked by Kelvin Cornwell who left her with a smashed her skull, nose and cheekbones after she threatened to leave him.

Gemma released the photo taken just after the attack to warn other women of the danger that ex-soldier Cornwell poses to women.

In the photo her face is unrecognisable and tears can be seen streaming down her face.

The 39-year-old spoke out after Cornwell was this week jailed for eight years - with a three year extended licence period.

He had admitted to a charge of grievous bodily harm at Preston Crown Court.

The mother-of-three wants his image to be distributed nationwide to alert any potential future partners to what he is capable of - after she heard in court that he had previously attacked 17 women.

"Hearing that made me feel sick to my stomach," said Gemma, "I cannot believe what I had been with." Gemma's injuries in the attack on March 4 - just days before her birthday - were so severe she had to spend the next three weeks in hospital.

In the horror attack he had punched her in the face before hitting her with a hammer and smashing a vodka bottle over her head and holding a broken wine glass to her throat.

She was pregnant at the time but has since given birth to her little boy, Callum, now seven months old, who was luckily born completely healthy.

She was beaten after Cornwell, 41, from Preston, discovered she was going to leave him - when he read a text on her phone from a friend saying they would meet at the train station.

He battered Gemma at the home they shared, with Gemma managing to crawl to the door before he came at her with a hammer.

Neighbours who heard the commotion called the police.

She said: "The police had come to the door so Kelvin had demanded I get up and get in the shower to clean myself.

He said I had to tell them someone else had beaten me up.

"I don't know how I managed to get up from that floor, but I did.

"The next thing I knew I was in the back of an ambulance.

"The police didn't believe what Kelvin was telling them because, I have been told, the house looked like a murder scene, and a blood-splattered hammer was found on the floor." After her hospital stay, she was sectioned for two months because her emotional state was so severe and she still suffers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

"I would wake up screaming," said Gemma.

"In fact, I don't think I've had a night that's been nightmare-free since it happened." Gemma told how she'd been beaten up three to four times before by Cornwell.

Cornwell, who Gemma describes as "evil", would await a special occasion, buy her a new dress, tell her to get her hair done and book a restaurant, then hours before they were due to go out, he would flip.

The first time he did this was on Valentine's Day last year.

As her birthday was approaching she knew she had to get out "for the sake of my unborn child", said Gemma.

Gemma told how she moved to Preston, Lancs., from the Manchester area, when she met Cornwell, who was, at first, a real gent.

Gemma said: "The the emotional abuse started.

He'd say things like: 'You're ugly', or 'I'm the only one who'll ever love you'.

"He controlled what I wore, I couldn't wear anything tight or stylish, I had to be covered up.

The usual things people do like going to the gym or shopping were big no's.

"He would turn my friends and family against me - he'd smash my phones up so I couldn't contact people.

"He would tell me to kill myself, or say that he would.

He made me believe I'd get into trouble if I told anyone what was happening, and that it would be easier to kill myself." But Gemma, who has moved away but will not reveal her whereabouts, feels lucky to have got out alive.

She said: "I could have been a statistic, one of those women killed at the hands of their abusive partners.

"I could have died that day, so I know I am lucky, though I find it hard to carry on, I daren't even go out.

"As an ex-soldier he always said he had contacts and that he could keep me under surveillance, so I'm still scared.

"I now have to take each day as it comes and warn others what he's like in the hope that nobody else suffers at his hands, like myself and others have."

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Domestic violence victim talks about the injuries inflicted by her partner when she was six months pregnant - as he smashed her

A brave woman who was six months pregnant when her violent partner smashed her in the face with a hammer has shared these horrific images of the injuries.

Gemma Griffin was attacked by Kelvin Cornwell who left her with a smashed her skull, nose and cheekbones after she threatened to leave him.

Gemma released the photo taken just after the attack to warn other women of the danger that ex-soldier Cornwell poses to women.

In the photo her face is unrecognisable and tears can be seen streaming down her face.

The 39-year-old spoke out after Cornwell was this week jailed for eight years - with a three year extended licence period.

He had admitted to a charge of grievous bodily harm at Preston Crown Court.

The mother-of-three wants his image to be distributed nationwide to alert any potential future partners to what he is capable of - after she heard in court that he had previously attacked 17 women.

"Hearing that made me feel sick to my stomach," said Gemma, "I cannot believe what I had been with." Gemma's injuries in the attack on March 4 - just days before her birthday - were so severe she had to spend the next three weeks in hospital.

In the horror attack he had punched her in the face before hitting her with a hammer and smashing a vodka bottle over her head and holding a broken wine glass to her throat.

She was pregnant at the time but has since given birth to her little boy, Callum, now seven months old, who was luckily born completely healthy.

She was beaten after Cornwell, 41, from Preston, discovered she was going to leave him - when he read a text on her phone from a friend saying they would meet at the train station.

He battered Gemma at the home they shared, with Gemma managing to crawl to the door before he came at her with a hammer.

Neighbours who heard the commotion called the police.

She said: "The police had come to the door so Kelvin had demanded I get up and get in the shower to clean myself.

He said I had to tell them someone else had beaten me up.

"I don't know how I managed to get up from that floor, but I did.

"The next thing I knew I was in the back of an ambulance.

"The police didn't believe what Kelvin was telling them because, I have been told, the house looked like a murder scene, and a blood-splattered hammer was found on the floor." After her hospital stay, she was sectioned for two months because her emotional state was so severe and she still suffers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

"I would wake up screaming," said Gemma.

"In fact, I don't think I've had a night that's been nightmare-free since it happened." Gemma told how she'd been beaten up three to four times before by Cornwell.

Cornwell, who Gemma describes as "evil", would await a special occasion, buy her a new dress, tell her to get her hair done and book a restaurant, then hours before they were due to go out, he would flip.

The first time he did this was on Valentine's Day last year.

As her birthday was approaching she knew she had to get out "for the sake of my unborn child", said Gemma.

Gemma told how she moved to Preston, Lancs., from the Manchester area, when she met Cornwell, who was, at first, a real gent.

Gemma said: "The the emotional abuse started.

He'd say things like: 'You're ugly', or 'I'm the only one who'll ever love you'.

"He controlled what I wore, I couldn't wear anything tight or stylish, I had to be covered up.

The usual things people do like going to the gym or shopping were big no's.

"He would turn my friends and family against me - he'd smash my phones up so I couldn't contact people.

"He would tell me to kill myself, or say that he would.

He made me believe I'd get into trouble if I told anyone what was happening, and that it would be easier to kill myself." But Gemma, who has moved away but will not reveal her whereabouts, feels lucky to have got out alive.

She said: "I could have been a statistic, one of those women killed at the hands of their abusive partners.

"I could have died that day, so I know I am lucky, though I find it hard to carry on, I daren't even go out.

"As an ex-soldier he always said he had contacts and that he could keep me under surveillance, so I'm still scared.

"I now have to take each day as it comes and warn others what he's like in the hope that nobody else suffers at his hands, like myself and others have."




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