Alex Skeel met his ex-girlfriend Jordan Worth in a drama production, he was with his ex-girlfriend Jordan Worth for 5 years and suffered horrible domestic abuse.
She pulled pranks like telling Alex his grandad had died and soon started controlling his social media and who he hung out with until she eventually destroyed his phone.
"I had no way of contacting anyone. She told me if I ever tried to leave she would kill me"
Worth was the first girlfriend Alex had ever had. “She was the only girl who seemed to have been interested in me up to then."
When he moved in with her, Worth made Alex sleep on the floor for nine months and kept him from
talking to his family and friends.
(Viewers got a brief look at the scars on his arms)
"She'd wait until I was asleep then hit me on the head with a bottle. Then she moved on to a hammer. Started hitting me everywhere - shins, arms, head. She started stabbing me with a knife, hit me like it was a weapon. It would leave big gashes that were untreated."
Even when worried neighbours called police, he pretended his injuries were self-inflicted.
Medics found burns and stab wounds, but still Alex returned to the house he shared with Worth.
Days later, a police officer persuaded him to tell the truth.
"He saved my life," he is grateful, “I suppose I thought to myself this was how relationships were, but I know now it wasn’t normal.
Worth was arrested and Alex was taken to a hotel for the night and given a McDonald’s meal. “I hadn’t eaten properly in nine months. I was starving and it was the best meal I’d had in all that time.” At that time he was weighed only 44kg, with open wounds that had been infected.
“I was told if I had stayed much longer I would have died. The doctors and the police were of the same opinion — that I had about ten days left.”
Jordan has been jailed for seven and a half years for grievous bodily harm with intent and coercive and controlling behaviour. She was also given a restraining order for an indefinite period. Worth and Alex have two children.
Alex showed the TV hosts of "This Morning" a scar that one of her knife wounds left, adding that if it was a centimetre either side he could have died.
When he was asked why he didn't just leave his abusive partner, he explained that it's not as black and white as that. It's a question that plagues every domestic violence victim and there are several reasons why they stay.
But Alex wanted to tell others, "Talk - if you don't talk about it you're going to get worse. If you talk about it, you're going to get better. Because that's what I did. And look where I am now."
I don't understand why he just didn't leave.. maybe I need to be in his position to understand.. what do you think?