Shazea Rahman from St John's Wood still remembers the day she met her boyfriend.
They were both working at The Prince's Trust, where student Shazea, 28, was elected a team leader.
"He was the one pursuing me, but was very charming, polite and well mannered" Shazea recalls.
"Friends I worked with encouraged me to date him. They said he had strong feelings for me and I thought, 'why not? He's likeable'."
Before long, they entered a steady relationship, one which she remembers "moved fast immediately and became serious".
After moving into his house in Ladbroke Grove , she tearfully recounts what began to unfold.
"He did Brazilian jujitsu and said it helped him with his aggression. I just thought it was for fun and asked him to stop because he would come back bruised.
"I didn't know just how much he needed to go - and that I would become his human punchbag.
"It started in the first month, when he would always be play-fighting with me. It was hard to know whether he would do it on purpose.
"He was very insecure and always made me feel guilty for all the fundraising I was doing. He wanted the world to be about me and him and no one else."
'The first blow hurt in more ways than one: I'd helped him and my reward was a punch to the stomach'
Two months into the relationship however, Shazea, who was 24 at the time, realised something wasn't right.
After injuring himself whilst fighting, Shazea spent a few weeks nursing him, but after a small argument broke out, he swung at her and punched her hard in the stomach.
"Despite knowing that I suffer from an ectopic kidney, meaning I have one kidney and was regularly in and out of hospital, he still did it," she says.
"I had put in all my time and effort and my reward was a punch to the stomach."
Her former partner, who cannot be named, did not stop there, despite her reporting him to the police.
"They told me it was my word against his and this is where I began to get depressed, there was no one to look out for me. We had broken up but he kept getting in touch and promised me he would never do it again.
"He wouldn't stop so eventually I gave in and went back to him."
Shazea describes the first few weeks of their second relationship attempt as perfectly normal, but after another argument, he took her head and smashed it against a wall.
It is at this point, during her interview with getwestlondon , that Shazea begins to cry as she relives those moments.
"I was absolutely devastated," she admits. "I couldn't look in the mirror for a week, all hope had gone from me."
A fault in the system - they couldn't prove by law he was hurting me yet
After leaving his home once again, she called the police, to report how he had stolen her phone and was beating her, but they weren't able to retrieve her phone or arrest him.
This is when she first got in touch with west London charity Advance , who help victims of domestic abuse, who she says she owes her life.
Despite getting a court order taken out against him, he would breach regularly and arrive at her house.
"It was so distressing, every time he'd breach, I would call the police and he would be put in a cell and then come out and ring me straight away to say I'm out now, where are you, they can only keep me in for a few hours," she tells getwestlondon .
"He threatened suicide and would stand outside my door before the police came and hit his head against the wall. It made me feel like it was my fault."
She admits she felt she had no choice but to take him back because each time he was arrested, he harassed her, leaving her exposed to him once again.
This time the violence was brutal. Shazea was harmed on a regular basis to the extent of her neighbours reporting it to the police.
Her lover was arrested once again where he was imprisoned for two and half months, arriving at her house just two days after his release.
"I realised anything I do will not stop him, I felt if prison wouldn't stop him, nothing would. Not even the knowledge of how many times I went to hospital from abdominal bleeding."
The then 18-year-old was arrested once again, before Shazea cut off all ties and began her work with Advance.
Women's safety is compromised
The events, which took place between 2012 and 2014, will leave her scarred for life, both mentally and physically.
But, as we sit discussing her ordeal, Shazea says she has to share her story so other women approach Advance and do not get stuck in a situation like her.
"He did not stop me achieving things, like all my fundraising " she says.
"If it wasn't for Advance, I'm sure he would have ended my life, but they gave me the strength and courage to do what I needed to do.
"I have taken so many punches, but if sharing my story means someone else thinks they can get out of their situation, it was worth it."
getwestlondon has contacted the Met Police regarding its procedures surrounding domestic abuse victims.