After being assaulted by her ex-boyfriend, Colleen Higgins is speaking out about the risks of domestic violence.
The bank employee from Hednesford, England, suffered a cracked skull, brain damage and was bleeding from her ears after she was attacked by Daniel Moore in April 2014, The Telegraph reported.
Higgins met Moore when he was a customer at the bank where she worked. They dated for 18 months before moving in together.
“He was the model boyfriend, he'd bring me a picnic at work for lunch and I would come home to dinner made and a bath run for me,” Higgins said.
“I knew that he had been convicted of assaulting an ex-partner but I thought that our relationship was different,” she added.
That began to change when Higgins moved in. She explained how Moore became increasingly controlling.
When she discovered he was cheating on her, she decided to end the relationship. But two weeks later, the former couple met up for a coffee, and Moore invited Higgins over to his house.
Higgins went over to his house on April 25, 2014.
“I'd always got on really well with his kids and we were playing monopoly and having an ordinary Friday evening,” she said.
“The next thing I remember is waking up in the most horrific pain I have ever experienced," she added. "I couldn't walk but I knew something was wrong so I grabbed my phone and took a picture to see what my face looked like. All I could see was blood everywhere and I knew I needed to get out of the house."
She called her mother right away, refusing to believe Moore’s claim that the injuries were caused by her falling down the stairs. In fact, Higgins had just awoken from a two-day coma.
“I didn't even explain what had happened on the phone to my mum, I said I'd fallen over and she turned up expecting to see me with a broken ankle," Higgins said. "But when she arrived she said she knew straight away that he had done it so she didn't even wait for an ambulance and took me to hospital herself."
At the hospital, doctors discovered that Higgins’ brain was swollen, and were concerned she could lose her vision. The brain damage meant Higgins could not even remember what year it was or her age.
“Some people endure the same injuries that I had and never walk again,” Higgins said.
“But I survived and so I want to do everything I can to warn other women who might be in a similar position,” she added.
Moore admitted to committing grievous bodily harm with intent and was sentenced to six years and nine months in jail on February 24, 2015.
(Left: Colleen Higgins with injuries, Right: Colleen Higgins with ex-boyfriend Daniel Moore; Photo Credit: Caters via Mirror.co.uk)