Young dad ‘days from death’ reveals why he stayed in abusive relationship

A devoted dad has revealed he relentlessly put up with horrific hammer and knife attacks from his abusive girlfriend for the safety of his young children.

Alex Skeel , now 23, from Bedford, feared if he split from evil partner Jordan Worth , also 23, it could lead to a bitter custody battle over their kids.

And the thought of not seeing son TJ and daughter Iris everyday was too much for him to bear.

"I’ve come across so many men who’ve been through the family courts [and lost custody]," he admitted.

Alex – who was left ’10 days from death’ – was also terrified the children could be harmed.

He said: "The children were babies, but, of course, they must have seen what was happening and, while she didn’t hurt them directly, my fear was always that if I left, she’d turn her abuse on them. So I stayed."

Alex continued to endure months of beatings at the hands of his art graduate girlfriend, who was an aspiring teacher.

He had boiling water hurled at him, was starved, made to sleep on the floor using clothes as a pillow and had to wear the same dirty clothes each day.

"It started off small with punches and things like that and gradually it got worse with things like hammers, bottles and bits of wood," Alex said.

"Then it became knives and boiling water.

"It just got worse and worse to the point where I think I would have died."

Alex, who now has custody of the children, also claims Worth told him: "If you ever try to escape you will die, because I will run you over in my car."

The young dad, who turned from a football-mad teen into a withdrawn and terrified young man, said after a while he got used to the pain.

But Worth would "ramp it up to the next level and find of worse way of hurting" him.

He said: "After the bottle, it was a hammer. After that, it was anything she could find to smack me with.

"One time, it was a laptop charger. She wrapped the cord around her wrist but with a bit of slack, and swung the metal plug end at my head.

"Blood started gushing out. It was pouring onto the floor. I cried, ‘Please will you help me?’ and watched Jordan as she walked up the stairs, laughing.

"She said, ‘Why don’t you just go and die? No one cares about you’".

Alex was also blinded by love and had been isolated from his family and friends. Worth had made him chose between them and her.

She also took over his Facebook account and sent offensive messages to those closest to him, including his cherished grandfather.

Alex added: "Of course, there were some genuinely good times with Jordan – moments when I felt happy, when we laughed and had fun together.

"It wasn’t a nightmare all the time. And I really wanted to try and make a go of the relationship. I loved her, after all."

The sickening campaign of abuse finally came to an end in July 2017 when a hero police officer intervened.

In April 2018, Worth was jailed for seven and a half years after she pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent and coercive and controlling behaviour.

The animal-lover, who raised money for children in Africa, became the first female in the UK to be convicted of such behaviour.

Alex is now trying to rebuild his future with his family and would like to open a refuge for men who have been abused.

He added : "I sometimes think the main reason I’m alive is to raise awareness."

Abused By My Girlfriend is available on BBC iPlayer now.

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