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>> I mean I've been strangled, I've had my head slammed in walls, I've been kicked, I've been pushed, I've been shoved, I've had it all.>> Melanie was in an abusive relationship for fifteen years.>> You don't know what's coming next, that's the terrifying part of abuse. The name calling, the constantly belittling controlling behavior.
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It's very difficult to understand that somebody can say they love you and try and harm you in that way.>> When she almost lost her life Melanie left with her two children and one on the way.
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Now she appears in a new animated music video, released on Monday, for the song Grow, a collaboration between domestic violence charity Refuge and Brit nominated singer-songwriter Francis.
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>> A lot of my fans are young girls or girls my age, I'm 23 so it's all kind of relevant to them. Or a lot of girls who are studying at university, or kind of getting into relationships for the first time, and just knowing those signs and knowing what's normal, what's not normal.
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So when you need to seek help the Refuge is here and you can come to them, it's so important. I've wanted to do music my whole life, but the one thing I have always wanted is to be able to do something really important with music. Releasing music is really fun, and doing shows and stuff, but If I have the opportunity and the ability to give something back with my music, then that's just the most important thing.
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>> Refuge offers women support, legal advice, and shelter. At the moment, two women are killed by their partner, or ex, each week in England and Wales, and a third of young people don't know where to turn to for support.>> I would really love if this video went out and we could change those stats.
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It will inspire a lot of people and hopefully touch the hearts of those that need the help, that's the aim.