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Domestic abuse victim speaks out


A domestic violence survivor has spoken of her two-year ordeal

A 25-year-old Dorset woman who survived an abusive relationship in which she was attacked with a baseball bat and a machete has spoken of her ordeal.

Joanna Doe suffered numerous injuries, including a broken nose and jaw, from her ex-partner John Porter, of Poole.

In March, he was convicted of four offences including inflicting GBH with intent and was jailed for 16 years.

Ms Doe, who has since changed her name, urged victims to come forward. "I was battered from head to toe," she said.

He hit me so hard that I would not recognise myself
Joanna Doe

Ms Doe was beaten by Porter, 30, of Farwell Road, Poole, over a two-year period, between 2006 and 2008.

"My stomach used to churn when I knew he was about to come home because he would take all his anger out on me," she said.

"He hit me so hard using various items that I would not recognise myself as I was literally battered from head to toe.

"I have had my head split open on several occasions, several broken noses, a broken jaw, broken ribs, a fractured arm, suffered cuts and severe bruising on almost every part of my body."

Joanna Doe's legs
Joanna Doe hopes more victims of domestic violence will come forward

Porter was convicted of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, wounding with intent, one count of intending to pervert the course of justice and one count of attempting to pervert the course of justice, a Dorset Police spokesman said.

He must serve a minimum of eight years and is subject to an indeterminate public protection order (IPP), where there is no release date and a parole board decides whether he is no longer a risk to the public.

Between April 2008 and March 2009 Dorset Police investigated 3,110 domestic violence crimes.

Det Insp Stewart Dipple, from the force, said: "This was one of the most serious cases of domestic violence Dorset Police has ever dealt with."

National figures show, in 2007, 142 people died in UK attacks, including 38 men.

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