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A MAN who beat his partner so badly that he spent 12 months in prison today welcomed a new scheme to tackle domestic violence in Hull.
Today, Adam, 27, told the Mail why he thinks the initiative launched by Hull Primary Care Trust could have prevented him carrying out the abuse.
Kath Lavery, chair of Hull Teaching primary care trust, and Alan Johnson MP
As the Mail revealed yesterday, the trust is offering support to those who potentially could carry out the abuse.
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It is hoped the move will help the 25,000 women who are victims of domestic violence each year in Hull.
Speaking exclusively to the Mail, Adam said: "If people could talk to someone before it gets out of hand then you could stop it.
"There was a lot of pressure on me. I was in my first house, I was the one bringing in the money and then handing it over. There were the kids. You just feel trapped and angry and feel like there is nowhere to turn.
"Looking back, I just didn't adapt very well. I started abusing my partner about two years ago. Something in my head just snapped.
"It came to a head one day. I punched her, choked her and grabbed her. I beat her up badly."
He added: "I was devastated. At the time I wasn't thinking. The pressure was too much and it was just oblivion."
The new scheme – known as the Domestic Violence And Social Marketing Project – involves detailed research on the causes of domestic violence.
It was launched by Health Secretary and Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson at the KC Stadium yesterday.
As part of the new campaign, Hull PCT is launching a helpline later this year.
In the meantime, people who carry out abuse and want to seek help can contact the current national hotline number, 0845 1228609.
If you are the victim of domestic violence, call Women's Aid on 0808 2000247.