"A YOUNG mother who suffered months of abuse at the hands of her violent partner was finally forced to leave him when he spat in their baby's face.
"After repeatedly beating up the mother of his child, Vikki Stickland, 19, amateur boxer Steven Welch then directed his anger towards their daughter.
"As the baby lay sleeping in her cot, he woke her - by spitting in her face.
"It was the turning point for Vikki, who had suffered months of terror. She immediately picked up her daughter, Kiera, grabbed her buggy and left the house. She told Welch she was going to the shops and never returned."
It took her months to realize her husband was abusive? I hope that women realize that there is just no reason for a man to hit a woman. It's not a gentlemanly thing to do.