I want to leave my husband but he's threatened to hurt me if I do

DEAR DEIDRE: I WANT to leave my husband but he has threatened to hurt me if I do.

I’m 36 and he is 39. We’ve been married for ten years and have two little girls.

But he’s no longer the man I married and it all changed when our children were born.

He was out all the time, spending all our money and sexting other women.

I left him for a week but came back and worked through it. But he soon stopped making an effort.

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He’d put me down for being “thick” and “ugly” the whole time. I soon began to feel worthless again.

He tells me I’m wrong whenever I do anything.

He even says I am not fit to be a mother, but our children are fine.

I told him I was suicidal, but he just shouted at me and went to the pub.

DEIDRE SAYS: I am concerned for you. Domestic abuse isn’t just about physical abuse. It’s about living in fear without any control over your life.

Both you and the children deserve much better treatment. Their safety is paramount.

Don’t give in to his threats. Call the Domestic Abuse Helpline for support (nationaldahelpline.org.uk, 0808 2000 247).

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