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Suicidal after abuse by boyfriend

Sunday, Sep 09, 2012
TNP
By Shaffiq Alkhatib
Posed photograph of a person crouching in the corner of a staircase in the dark, to illustrate a story on how to deal with a chronically suicidal family member.

For five long years, she suffered at the hands of an abusive boyfriend.

Speaking to The New Paper, Sue (not her real name), said that she lived life in "intense fear" when she was with him.

The petite 25-year-old student said: "I had to tiptoe through my daily life so as not to spark off his temper."

She finally found the strength to leave him last year, but the scars still remain.

Even now, she cannot speak of the abuse without tearing up.

Sue met her current boyfriend not long after ending the abusive relationship and thought everything was fine until she started having flashbacks about her ex-boyfriend.

"One month into my current relationship, my boyfriend and I had just finished dinner when I somehow became completely absorbed in my own memories for a few minutes."

Overcome by emotion, Sue decided to end her life and was stopped just in time by her boyfriend.

Even though it was her first suicide attempt, she told The New Paper that she had previously toyed with the idea.

"I began thinking about committing suicide when I was 20 years old after I was abused by my ex.

"I have, all along, been extremely conscious of the fact that I had suicidal tendencies."

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