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Domestic violence victim speaks out

Hazel in the bedroom where the attack happened, the walls and floors of which still bear the blood stains.

Hazel in the bedroom where the attack happened, the walls and floors of which still bear the blood stains.

A WOMAN whose partner hit her round the head more than 20 times with a beer bottle during a vicious assault has spoken out.

Hazell Peters, 51, of Aldingham Court, Westgate, was attacked by James O’Neill in what she describes as a ‘premeditated’ assault which left her needing nearly 100 stitches in her face and head.

Now, Hazell is speaking out in the hope that she can help other victims of domestic abuse who are suffering in silence.

Hazell said: “Domestic violence is a crime that didn’t used to be recognised and I am speaking in the hope that it helps other victims to come forward.”

Hazell’s partner of seven years, James O’Neill was jailed for 12 years and eight months at Preston Crown Court for the attack.

He is also prohibited from contacting his victim.

Speaking after the sentencing, DC Ian Cartwright, of Lancaster police’s Public Protection Unit, said: “This was a vicious attack that left the victim fearing for her life.

“She is still suffering after the incident and, while most of her physical injuries are healing, she has found her confidence greatly shaken.

“Victims of domestic abuse should know that Lancashire Constabulary take this kind of crime very seriously.”

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