"I Was Crying In The Kitchen With A Knife In My Hand"
It’s the story that broke our hearts this morning.
Less than three weeks after her estranged husband was bailed from jail for domestic violence charges, Gold Coast mum Teresa Bradford was killed by her ex before he took his own life.
Their four young children would later alert neighbours to the tragedy that had unfolded in the quiet Pimpama neighbourhood.
Photo: Teresa Bradford
Friends of the bubbly mum said she was living a nightmare, despite court orders banning David Bradford from having contact with Teresa.
They’d begged her to move and had even set up a Facebook group to try and ensure her safety.
Sadly, it’s a story we hear too often.
And it’s one that has personally touched our own team.
After receiving a sobering call from Danni*, who also found herself in a nightmare impossible to escape, our own Bianca Dye decided it was time to share her terrifying experience with domestic violence.
“I wasn’t sure if I should share this or not, but I think I might help people understand it a bit more if I do,” she confided.
Photo: Bianca with Terry and Bob
“Danni sounded confident. I sound confident. I sound like someone who can stand up for myself.
“However, in my early 20’s I broke up with a guy who couldn’t handle that. He showed up at my house.
“I was in a situation where I was terrified and I was crying in the kitchen with a knife in my hand because he punched me twice, threw my Jack Russell up against a wall, cracked a rib and he choked me.”
The ordeal didn’t end there for Bianca though.
Listen below as she shares her story and reveals the unbelievable response she received when she confided with one family member about what happened…
*Names have been changed
National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.
Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.
MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78.
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