44 Croft Road
Domestic Violence Victim
Break The Silence
On the 25th November 2001 Penny was brutally murdered. The victim of domestic violence, she was punched, kicked and
stamped on by her partner. She received 123 injuries including 18 broken ribs, her liver, spleen and lungs were pierced. Penny
was 31 years old.
"Domestic violence statistics are about real people -you, me and the woman next door. On November 25th 2001 - International Domestic Violence Awareness Day - my daughter, Penny, was brutally murdered by her boyfriend here in Hastings, England. In the 18 months prior to her death the number of times Penny "fell down the stairs" and "bumped into the bathroom door" increased at an alarming rate. She was treated in hospital for various injuries including a cut to her head, requiring 8 stitches, which was caused by a blade.
On one occasion she told the ambulance crew how she had sustained her injuries and I hoped that at last she was going to take some action to prevent further pain. I had contacted various agencies for help and advice including the police. Penny was too frightened to make a statement to the police herself.
Finally Penny repeatedly asked her boyfriend to leave, but he always returned. I had requested that she be put on the Domestic Violence At Risk Register. I later learnt that the police had done the same when called to an incident at her home in February 2001. I also complained to the hospital after Penny was discharged in her boyfriend's company when she was due to be sectioned after a suicide attempt.
I felt as though I was regarded as a neurotic parent making a fuss over very little. I know now that domestic violence is so widespread the police and other agencies need the victim to take the first step. I stated to various agencies that my greatest fear was to be called to the morgue to identify the body. Sadly this was exactly what I was forced to do.
I cannot bring my daughter back, but I have set up the Penny Beale Memorial Fund to raise
awareness of the extent of domestic violence and offer support and advice to victims.
Please support the fund.
Are you a young person in a domestic violence situation, or do you know someone who is? Visit The Hideout www.thehideout.org.uk for advice and support.
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