A survivor of domestic abuse has bravely shared her story, after her abuser from Oldham was jailed for 25 years.
Angela Wright faced years of abuse at the hands of Steven Blades, of Clarksfield Road.
Blades, 53, was jailed on 3 December for 25 years and a further eight years of probation after being found guilty of making threats to kill, two counts of GBH, seven counts of ABH, indecent assault, two counts of rape, cruelty to a person under 16 years old and controlling and coercive behaviour.
Angela wants to encourage other victims of domestic abuse to seek help.
She said: “There is justice at the end of it. It doesn’t matter how long ago it was. I started my journey over 38 years ago and I am here now, and I’ve finally got justice.
“Don’t carry on in silence. Get the strength to pick up the phone or even an email or speak to somebody – one of your friends, speak to somebody. I kept it all to myself.
“Just speak to somebody so that it does get reported and the person does get brought to justice.”
Anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse, or is concerned about someone they know, can use the online reporting facility or the LiveChat on the Greater Manchester Police website, or call 101. In an emergency that's ongoing or life is in danger, always dial 999.
Some victims may not feel comfortable speaking with the police, or may feel they need support to come forward and make a report. Greater Manchester Victims' Services can provide independent emotional and practical support for anyone affected by crime. You can contact the service by visiting the website on https://www.gmvictims.org.uk/ or calling 0161 200 1950.