A woman has shared a shocking snap after she was beaten black and blue by her partner. The brutal attack left her face unrecognisable.
Karl Machin, 44, filmed his attack on his mobile phone. The woman, who wishes to be anonymous, lost a number of teeth and suffered both a brain injury and a broken jaw.
Machin also broke the orbital floor in her left eye socket meaning her eyelid couldn't shut properly. Tissue damage to her face affected her smile. She was also left with bruising on her legs, ribs and back.
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Her injuries were so severe that one police officer who attended her home in Blackpool on December 4 thought she had red hair. It was actually blood.
The mum is still affected by what happened to her and suffers nightmares, flashbacks and panic attacks.
She said: "Although I received significant physical injuries the emotional and psychological damage to me has been just as horrific.
"I am nervous in big crowds and do not like being in enclosed spaces especially with men around.
"I am on edge and feel exposed and unsafe, always on the looking over my shoulder in case someone is behind me who might hurt me.
"I struggle to sleep due to nightmares as even in my sleep I relive what happened to me."
The victim said she no longer feels safe in her own home – where the attack took place – and suspects she may have to deal with "lifelong repercussions".
"I am striving and trying my best to regain some of the old me back," she said.
"I do however feel that I have had my safety and peace of mind robbed from me."
Machin admitted Section 18 wounding and was jailed for seven years and two months. He was also given a 10-year restraining order.
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Detective Jo Clement praised the victim for opening up about her horrifying ordeal. She said she hopes it may encourage other women suffering from domestic violence to speak up.
Detective Clement said: "Karl Machin subjected his victim to a brutal, severe and life-changing assault which left her not only with horrific injuries but with lasting psychological damage too.
"He is clearly an extremely violent individual and I welcome both the custodial sentence and the restraining order imposed by the court."
If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247.
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