Content warning: This post deals with domestic violence and sexual assault, and may be triggering for some readers.
In September 2012, Simone O’Brien had a “gut feeling” she needed to leave her relationship.
From the exterior, she and her partner Glenn Cable were happy, but mounting lies, missing money, and an unshakable sense that something wasn’t right led the mother-of-three to try to break things off.
Within half an hour of calling Cable at 6.06pm on September 25 to tell him their relationship was over, O’Brien was in an ambulance — called by her teenage daughter — with an arm broken in two places and her face so badly smashed, she is now permanently blind in one eye.
Cable, who has since received a life sentence for attempted murder, had “snapped” and come to her house armed with a baseball bat.
Four years later, O’Brien is still recovering, but it was a conversation with a friend that made her first realise she was in trouble.