In 2013, Carol was a victim of domestic violence.

In the five years following the incident, Carol has struggled both financially and mentally. Earlier in 2018 she suffered from Bell’s Palsy due to the monetary stress she was under after being left with substantial debts from her ex partner.

Although she has not seen him since the DVO was granted shortly after his arrest, Carol lives with the emotional trauma years on.

You can see her grief as though it were a severed limb. It garners sympathy, empathy even, the fissure left behind is palpable, but rarely is it spoken of.