On news.com.au yesterday, Rachel Kayrooz tells her story about the domestic violence she suffered from her ex-partner. Rachel and her ‘future boyfriend’ met while performing at a wedding. She was the singer and he was in the string quartet. She said she had a lot of great friends and was really enjoying her life and career as best she could.
However, from the first day she met him, he manipulated her which started out as emotional and psychological abuse and stalking. It wasn’t until later on that she found out he had a domestic violence order out against him, from a relationship breakup he’d just gone through.
He would stalk her male work colleges, call her fat and put her down all the time. She would cover up her bruises by wearing makeup and long-sleeved tops. He’d lock her up in the house and take the keys so she couldn’t go anywhere. She was a prisoner. Rachel had saved over $35,000 in which he also took from her.
Rachel fell pregnant and he wasn’t happy about it, and she thought he’d leave her. But instead, he said “let’s move in together.” The suburb they moved to was away from her friends and family. She was now four and a half months pregnant with no support around her.
Rachel tried to leave him on numerous occasions but was caught up in his psychological control. He would throw food against the wall when she’d go to make breakfast in the morning. She suffered from anorexia for years and was anorexia while pregnant. Her doctor told her to try and eat anything she could to put on weight.
Rachel was six and a half months pregnant when she was beaten by him and left in a cupboard to die. She thought about what would happen if her baby survived and she didn’t and who would look after the child.
She eventually moved into a rental property with her child but he still stalked her there and she had to relocate again. He would drive by and call her phone and have other women call her and abuse her as well.
Rachel now has a number of disabilities from the abuse including a lot of physical injuries and emotional trauma.
You can read more of Rachel’s story here http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/rachel-kayrooz-who-suffered-domestic-violence-talks-about-her-heartbreak-for-allison-badenclay-and-white-ribbon-night/story-fnixwvgh-1227000328570
Rachael is a supporter of White Ribbon Night, a fundraising event being held on July 25, 2014, for the White Ribbon foundation, Australia’s campaign to stop domestic violence against women.
To find out how you can get involved with the White Ribbon or to donate, visit http://www.whiteribbon.org.au.