If you had asked me over three years ago about my views on domestic violence, I would have told you that it was wrong – it shouldn’t happen. There is no excuse to abuse a woman. I also would’ve told you that I never expected my children to experience it. At the time, I didn’t know about the term coercive control or what it meant. I didn’t know that my daughter was experiencing it, and that it would result in her death.
On the 9th of March, 2018, my world changed. I changed. My daughter, Katie Haley, was murdered by her partner in her own home because she decided she was leaving him. How did I miss the signs? I knew things were strained between them, but my daughter being murdered? How did I not see this coming?